Location
Spain

Main issues must be clearly stated

The South Parking of the Expo Zaragoza hosted last week flight tests with drones in the framework of the European project U-Elcome . With the results of this initiative, the Government of Aragon plans to develop a network of vertical airports for the landing and take-off of drones for emergency services.

Zaragoza is part of the network of Spanish cities that are being the test bed for the different advanced aerial mobility systems of the U-Elcome project, in which the Government of Aragon, the Air Force, the National Police, the City of Zaragoza, through the Fire Department and the Local Police, and several Aragonese companies, among other partners, participate.

Location: of fact eg City / Reg on to be provided

Government of Aragon, Spain

Main facts/points outlined in body of text

  • U-Elcome will serve to develop the regulations and technology necessary to make advanced air mobility for goods and people a reality in a few years' time. In this context, the South Parking of the Expo Zaragoza has hosted coordination tests of three different control systems, managing the airspace simultaneously.
  • The company ELA has exhibited a two-seater manned gyroplane model that will coexist in the single space with the drones, with which it will communicate automatically.
  • The results achieved will help the Government of Aragon to deploy a network of vertipuertos from which to carry goods to any place in the region, even the most isolated, which will contribute to equalize living conditions and emergency services between rural and urban areas.
  • The Directorate General of Transport of the Aragonese Executive is preparing the organization of a series of pilot tests that will consist of determining a base dump port in a location close to Zaragoza, as well as a set of destination dump ports in various locations in order to test the delivery systems of the goods, small towers on which the drone lands to leave the package and return to its base.
  • In a first phase, the drones will be able to perform emergency services from a single base to transport medicine or food to people who have been cut off due to circumstances such as adverse weather. In a second phase, the material can be transported by drones using several bases and, in the third phase, the supplies can travel longer distances in extreme conditions.