Airbus UTM, Spain
Jessie Mooberry is head of deployment at Airbus UTM, a group designing the critical infrastructure which will allow new aircraft including air taxis and delivery drones to safely enter and share the skies of our future. She is a technologist at the Peace Innovation Lab at Stanford and started her UAV career, with Uplift Aeronautics, building fixed-wing aircraft out of a garage in Stanford with the world’s first humanitarian drone cargo nonprofit. Jessie was one of the first to obtain a commercial drone license in the U.S. She is a Social Enterprise Fellow and Mentor for the Ariane de Rothschild Foundation. In addition, she sits on the Boards of People’s Light and WeRobotics.
Airbus is leading various initiatives on autonomous operations in different fields: Urban Air Mobility, RPAS, Drone Services. And still an appropriate operational environment to enable more autonomous and digital operations needs to be defined and agreed among different stakeholders. Key challenges will be the integration in the lower airspace where mainly the non-cooperative traffic is located with limited support of Air Navigation Services. Compared to the upper airspace, the lower airspace will have to become more structured, specially looking at the expected growth in autonomous traffic. Potential review of the airspace classes classification, specially E and G, will be required as well as discussions around some key topics: adaptation of the instrumental flight concepts, delegation of separation provision to the vehicles, what degrees of automation and digitalization are needed both on ground and in the air, how to address spectrum and cybersecurity topics. Questions around the traffic services required for those operations, evolution needed of exiting traffic management concepts and solutions, as well as key technology bricks urgently demanded by airspace users have to find an answer in a very sort time.