ARTES 4.0 Generic Programme Line Business
Applications - Space Solutions (BASS)
Space for Urban Air Mobility
ESA EXPRESS PROCUREMENT PLUS (EXPRO+)
U-space Services for UAM Operations Exploiting Space Assets
Urban Air Mobility (UAM) refers to the system enabling on-demand, highly automated, passenger or cargo-carrying air transportation services at urban, per-urban and inter-urban environment usually in a low altitude airspace. Currently, the most mature UAM applications involve drones for short-range surveillance or package delivery and to date, technological research is now concentrated to enable the integration of drones into air traffic composed of other means of air transport and gradually integrate them into the existing urban airspace itself. In this regard, UAM will be considered as a system for urban, per-urban and inter-urban passenger and freight air transport, with vehicles ranging from small drones to passenger aircraft. UAM could also be used for public safety, medical and rescue evacuations, news gathering, ground traffic assessment, weather monitoring, parcel delivery and other similar services.
In this context, moreover, the use of space technologies for the development and growth of new aviation services and Urban Air Mobility can bring additional capacities and great benefits to European cities and citizens who will use these Urban Air Mobility services. The feasibility study “Space for Urban Air Mobility”, commissioned by the European Space Agency – ESA is part of a larger programmatic line “ARTES 4.0 Generic Program Line Business Applications – Space Solutions (BASS)” and aims to identify and analyze the technical and economic feasibility of services using Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and space services such as SATNAV, SATEO, SATCOM and other space (e.g. METEOSAT) and ground services (e.g. 5G network or AI applications) in support of UAM. The study also aims to develop a mock-up where the services and solutions analyzed during this study could be demonstrated.