Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU), European Union
Ludovic Legros is a EUROCONTROL staff member working at the SESAR Joint Undertaking since 2010 and is currently the SJU Programme Manager responsible for the 19 SESAR projects contributing to the development of U-space. He is closely working with European institutions such as the EASA, the standardization bodies, industry, and the European drone community. In 2017, he was the secretary of the working group in charge of the U-space vision definition and actively contributed to the development of the U-space blueprint and the roadmap for the safe integration of drones into all classes of airspace. In parallel to this, he is responsible for Industrial Research projects in SESAR, dealing with separation management and airborne collision avoidance. Before his work with the drone community, he was in charge of the integration of the rotorcraft and general aviation into the SESAR Programme. In 2007, he obtained his Master in management (CNAM). He has built his project management background on various experiences at EUROCONTROL and other domains such as the finance, the automotive, and health sectors.
U-space is an enabling framework designed to facilitate any kind of routine mission, in all classes of airspace and all types of environment – even the most congested – while addressing an appropriate interface with manned aviation and air traffic control. When fully deployed, a wide range of drone missions that are currently being restricted will be possible thanks to a sustainable and robust European ecosystem that is globally interoperable. The timing for U-space is critical given the speed at which the market is growing. The aim is to have foundation U-space services in place by 2019. The timing for U-space is critical given the speed at which the market is growing. The aim is to have foundation U-space services in place by 2019. As a fi rst step towards this target date, the SESAR JU launched a series of exploratory projects with funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 budget. Through these projects, we are bringing together established aviation stakeholders, academia and new entrants into the sector as well as stakeholders from other industries, such as those from the mobile communications industry. Together they will blend their expertise to perform extensive research and demonstrations on this exciting new area of air traffic management. Complementing these projects, a series of drone demonstrations will soon get underway at urban and rural locations across Europe, thanks to funding from the SESAR Joint Undertaking within the framework the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility programme. With a co-financing of EUR 9.5 million, the demos aim to illustrate that Europe is on course with its implementation of U-space, an initiative that aims to ensure safe and secure drone traffic management. Together they will aim to show the readiness of U-space services to manage a broad range of drone operations and related services, and their interaction with manned aviation.