Topview proudly announces the start of the first European project as coordinator: CERTIFLIGHT “Certified E-GNSS remote tracking of drone and aircraft flights”

On 23 November 2022, the Kick-Off Meeting took place which marks the official start of the project which aims to develop and test a digital service for the generation of certified reports of runways of UAS and GA aircraft for safety-critical applications and commercial value.

The core of the system is a Digital EGNSS/IoT Device installed on UAS and General Aviation manned aircraft, equipped with an OSNMA Galileo/EGNOS enabled receiver, capable to guarantee the authenticity of their position information at the origin, without the possibility to be counterfeited or spoofed. Tracking information is encrypted and once transmitted to the Certiflight platform is permanently stored by automation software to an unalterable blockchain private node.

The CERTIFLIGHT project represents a very exciting challenge, as its goal is to ensure the “chain of trust” of information generated by drones and recreational aircraft accessing U-space airspace.

The CERTIFLIGHT platform will enable safer interaction between U-space users on the one hand and will lay the foundation for a new class of business services for UAS operators on the other.

Last but not least, the authenticity of the location information will enable the regulators to best meet the challenge of autonomous flight operations, where the determination of responsibility between manufacturers, operators and pilots (if any) could be a source of future legal disputes.

Alberto Mennella

Innovation Manager, TopView S.r.l.

The project is coordinated by TopView s.r.l., a technology oriented SME and includes in its consortium companies and organisations with a proven track record in the U-space sector such as D-Flight, UpVision, Unifly, Distretto Tecnologico Aerospaziale, TA, The Sara Project, TuDelf, Way4WARD, Aria United, EuroUSC España and EuroUSC Italia.

Certiflight was presented to the call HORIZON-EUSPA-2021-SPACE-02-53: EGNSS applications for the Digital Age and became one of the projects selected by the European Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA). The project starts in November 2022 and will have a duration of two and a half years (30 months) after signing the Grant Agreement no 101082484.