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 BOREAL SAS and  M3 SYSTEMS , partners from the start of the   european project Urban Air Mobility CORUS XUAM


The CORUS-XUAM consortium is a large-scale European project, led by SESAR JU and funded under Horizon Europe 2020, dedicated to air mobility in urban areas (UAM – Urban Air Mobilty). This two-year project aims to define and test new services called U-Space required for these new air mobilities to operate safely and efficiently, a major challenge for future smart and sustainable mobility.

Indeed, the field of UAM is wide, as it integrates new means of transport such as drones, eVTOLs (electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft) and other types of remotely piloted aircraft, clearly identified by the European Commission. , whose objective is to manage their integration into the airspace. This is why UAM requires the development of airspace management structures, operational procedures and shared services.

CORUS-XUAM is therefore the subject of in-flight aircraft operations demonstrations, manned and unmanned, using U-Space services in urban and interurban environments, aimed at developing an operational interface between air navigation services ( ANS) and operators of drones and other remotely piloted aircraft.

The expected result is to bring out and promote an operational offer over the next ten years, with the first milestone being the realization of pre-marketing services in demonstration during the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

It is in this perspective that the project saw its first field tests on the experimental platform of the Pontoise-Corneilles aerodrome in Vexins, the week of February 14, 2022. Indeed, M3 Systems, Hologarde and Groupe ADP jointly conducted a test session of the drone traffic management solution in low altitude airspace (UTM) developed by Hologarde. These were made possible by the intervention of BOREAL SAS, which carried out the flights of its remotely piloted aircraft BOREAL, detectable (in accordance with national regulations) and detected by the Hologarde solution for managing collaborative drones.

The continuous exchanges between the USSP (U-Space Service Provider – Hologarde) and the BOREAL remote pilots have made it possible to successfully demonstrate the feedback of information in real time, as well as alerts such as flight plan exits, overruns maximum heights or entering prohibited airspace. The triggering of these alerts already makes it possible to project into phase 2 of the project, namely the resolution of conflicts within the airspace of the first future European Vertiport (dock station for eVOTLs), which should be installed in Pontoise by the British Skyports from June 2022.

Both belonging to the MISTRAL group, the companies BOREAL SAS and M3 Systems are linked by very strong synergies which have enabled the CORUS-XUAM project to benefit from the know-how of both companies:  one recognized for its expertise in air traffic (ATM) and the other for its remotely piloted vector integrating advanced technology to communicate with various private operators called U-space Service Providers (USSP), including Hologarde.

CORUS-XUAM is composed of nineteen partners and eleven related third parties, coordinated by EUROCONTROL and composed of the ADP Group, AOPA UK, ASLOGIC, DFS, DLR, Droniq GmbH, DSNA, ENAIRE, ENAV, HEMAV, INDRA, LFV Group, NATS, Pipistrel VS, SkeyDrone, Unifly nv, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Volocopter, M3 Systems, Ehang Holding GmbH, Hologarde, CRIDA, D-FLIGHT, NAIS, DTA, IBG, Linköping University, Citymesh, SABCA.

Project video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6WEr5NyYr0&feature=youtu.be 

This project has received funding from the SESAR Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 101017682.