• Project duration 2020-12-01 > 2022-11-30
  • Cost
    • Total
    • EU Contr. EUR 3999389.00
  • Status Ongoing


CORUS-XUAM is a 24-month VLD project that will demonstrate how U-space services and solutions could support integrated Urban Air Mobility (UAM) flight operations, allowing eVTOLs/UAS and other airspace users (unmanned and manned) to operate safely, securely, sustainably and efficiently in a controlled and fully integrated airspace, without undue impact on operations currently managed by ATM. The project is proposed by the consortium that delivered the SJU CORUS U-space Concept of Operations (ConOps) in 2019, extended by the addition of UAM expertise.

The activities will start with the update of the U-space ConOps, addressing the integration of UAM/UAS operations into the airspace, also identifying new U3/U4 services. The project activities will continue with the preparation and execution of six challenging VLD campaigns in six different European locations.

These VLD activities will be at the heart of CORUS-XUAM and will support integrated operations of UAS/UAM and manned aircraft, and advanced forms of interaction through digital data exchange supported by integrated and advanced U-space services in urban, sub-urban, and inter-city scenarios as well as in and near ATM-controlled airspaces and airports. The VLDs will focus on different types of mission, such as passenger transport, logistic, delivery, emergency response and surveillance, using different U-space deployment architectures and state-of-the-art technologies. They will consider coordination between ATC and U-space, including interaction with ATCOs and pilots. The VLDs will combine flights by eVTOLs with other traffic and operations in the CTRs of major airports.

Vertiport procedures, separation, and data services will be also demonstrated.

The main results will be used to further consolidate the ConOps at the end of the project. The project will also involve extensive consultation and communication initiatives with reference Authorities, U-space stakeholders and end-users.

Latest news

  • 06.10.2021

    Segregating manned and unmanned aircraft is the first step towards eventual integration – CORUS-XUAM initial findings

    “The drone environment that will be implemented under the new U-space regulation is to a large extent segregated due to the inability of drones to fly in accordance with Flight Rules, and it is Flight Rules that underpin all of aviation,” explained Robin Garrity, SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) ATM Expert.

    Unmanned Airspace


    First CORUS-XUAM workshop

    27th of September, 2021
    15:00 > 17:30
  • Participants

    • ADP
    • DFS
    • DLR
    • Droniq
    • DSNA
    • ENAIRE
    • ENAV
    • Hemav Foundation
    • INDRA
    • NATS
    • SkeyDrone
    • UNIFLY
    • UPC
    • Volocopter

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

    European Union