The new rules will help to carry out more complex operations at longer distances, especially at low altitude and in high-traffic airspace, as well as at distances beyond visual contact with the operator.
From today they come into force the EU rules to create one special airspace for drones, known as U-space, which will allow operators to provide a wider range of services. U-space creates the right conditions for both drones and manned aircraft to operate safely, and will allow the industry to continue to expand the market for drone industry and services.
The new rules will help to carry out more complex operations at longer distances, especially at low altitude and in high-traffic airspace, as well as at distances beyond visual contact with the operator. These operations can cover vital services, for example the transport of medical samples, the provision of assistance to rescuers at the scene of emergencies, but also the remote inspection of infrastructure.
In April 2021 the European Commission approved the legal framework for this unmanned vehicle traffic management system. In the next stages, Member States will define their respective U-spaces and service providers, while also working on information exchange and performance standards in the field of navigation. These technological developments will gradually support the full realization of U-space by 2030, as envisaged in the drone 2.0 strategy, aiming, among other things, to lead to innovative aerial mobility services, such as fully automated passenger transport services.
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