CORK, Ireland (June 29, 2022) – Collins Aerospace has
received a three-year funding award from the European Climate Infrastructure and
Environment Executive Agency (EU CINEA) and SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking (JU) to
develop an unmanned flight ecosystem in Ireland by delivering a Digital Sky
Demonstrator on U-Space.
In conjunction with several Irish aviation companies, Collins Aerospace will
work to build an end-to-end ecosystem at a vertiport in Shannon that supports
safe operations of unmanned flight. The new ecosystem will leverage a variety of
products from across the Collins Aerospace portfolios to help both conventional
and unmanned aircraft safely integrate their operations.
The ecosystem’s engineering work will be conducted in Ireland and France in
conjunction with Future Mobility
Campus Ireland, Avtrain,
Irish Aviation Authority,
Manna Drone Delivery and
Deep Blue. These companies from France, Ireland
and Italy have come together with Collins as the ÉALÚ-AER (Irish for Escape-Air,
Enhanced Automation for U-Space/ATM integration) consortium to support unmanned
aviation and U-Space capabilities to build the future of air-mobility. Those
capabilities then will be delivered through SESAR 3 and further collaborative
efforts in Europe.
“This award will help us work with our partners to create new opportunities
in Ireland to support safe and connected unmanned flight,” said Boe Svatek,
Unmanned Systems Value Stream leader for Collins Aerospace. “As a founding
member of the SESAR 3 JU, we can actively support its quest to modernize
European air traffic management.”
The SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking is an institutionalized European partnership
between private and public sector partners set up to accelerate through research
and innovation the delivery of the Digital European Sky.
About Collins Aerospace
Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies business, is a leader in
technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and
defense industry. Collins Aerospace has the extensive capabilities,
comprehensive portfolio and broad expertise to solve customers’ toughest
challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market. For more
information, visit CollinsAerospace.com.