European Space Agency

Workshop on Unmanned Aerial Systems and Satellite Services planned


A workshop on the use of satellites for the Integration of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in European Airspace will take place on the 27 and 28 of May at ESTEC in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. The workshop is co-organised by the European Space Agency and the European Defence Agency.

The Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications of ESA supports a number of activities related to the use of satellite systems for UAS missions, while the EDA has initiated the Air4all activity after being tasked by the Defence Ministers Steering Board in May 2007. Air4All is a consortium of major European aerospace companies involved in UAS activities that are working for the EDA and its participating Member States (pMS) to put together a road map for the insertion of UAS in the European Airspace.

The purpose of the Workshop is to inform UAS stakeholders about:

  • the outcome of ESA-initiated studies in the area of Satellite-UAS cooperative missions;
  • the outcome of the EDA-initiated AIR4ALL initiative, and associated activities supporting the AIR4ALL roadmap;
  • state-of-the art satellite communications in support of UAS
  • the benefits of satellite infrastructure to operators of UAS requiring BLOS (Beyond Line of Sight) operations, safety and air traffic authorities with respect to safety, security, performance and cost.

The EDA and ESA would also like to consult UAS stakeholders on two planned activities. This will encompass a feasibility study preparing for a satellite-UAS cooperative mission demonstrating UAS integration in non-segregated airspace, and in the following phase an actual demonstration of a satellite-UAS cooperative mission supporting the AIR4ALL roadmap concept.

This workshop will mainly address requirements for missions that are likely to be supported by satellite infrastructure, and those that will require (Air Traffic Service) communications.

A complete agenda, registration requirements and contact information are available by clicking on the links located in the upper right column of this page.

Event Date

10 March 2009
Published 28 November 2012
Last updated at 28 November 2012 - 14:05