Pablo Sanchez Escalonilla


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CRIDA – Centro de Referencia de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación ATM A.I.E., Spain

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Pablo Sanchez-Escalonilla is Technical Manager at CRIDA and an ATM systems research expert. He is Aeronautical Engineer with a degree from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. With over 20 years of experience in ATM research, he
has been involved in a wide range of research topics, including feasibility and performance assessment through several validation techniques of new ATM operational concepts. He was involved in European ATM R&D projects such as Leonardo, Gate to Gate, SESAR Definition Phase, Episode 3 and SESAR Development Phase. In this latter project, Pablo works as project manager in the area of pre-operational validation of the integrated TMA concept elements. It is remarkable his participation as project manager in the development of advanced ATM decision-making supporting tools such as eTLM (Enhanced Traffic Load Monitoring) and PERSEO (Platform for the Performance Assessment in the Spanish ATM System), and in the engineering activities dealing with the Automated Baggage Handling System in Barcelona Airport (out of the ATM domain). Within the RPAS field, he has been involved in DEMORPAS and ARIADNA live trials, projects addressing the integration of remotely piloted aircraft systems in non-segregated airspace. More recently, since the creation of SESAR U-space, he is taking part on the exploratory research and development of U-space services, including information management solutions, CNS architecture and the operational concept development of the U-space system. He is the Project Coordinator of IMPETUS consortium, aiming at ensuring commercial feasibility of the U-space Information Management needs of drone operations in Very Low-Level airspace. He is also taking part in TERRA U-space project and collaborating with CORUS for the development of the U-space operational concept. His work also encompasses the participation in drone live trials demonstrations in Safedrone and DOMUS projects.


Within the framework of the service-oriented approach proposed in SESAR U-space, the IMPETUS project addresses the information demand for the integration of drones in very low level airspace. The presentation explores the characterisation of drone information needs for the highly diverse operational scenarios and business models. From the analysis of the stakeholders’ inputs and use cases IMPETUS defines a set of high level concepts of information services for drone operations, and it also explores the most relevant challenges for the development of a scalable, cost-efficient and fully automated system to support the entire drone operational lifecycle. A set of crucial services have been selected to be further developed and tested by the IMPETUS consortium. Gaps and challenges are further investigated, proposing technologically and commercially feasible solutions integrating new and emerging information management technologies. The services explored include drone-specific weather provision, drone flight planning management, monitoring and traffic information provision as well as the elaboration of traffic management services for drones. IMPETUS will test these services via specific experiments, to not only address the challenges of these services but foremost to define how these services interact among each other within the context of the global U-space system.

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