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Our first U-space project DREAMS has been crucial for TopView’s strategy and growth.

It has allowed us to become part of the U-space network. We have built strong and lasting partnerships across the EU resulting in business opportunities and research projects like the Integrated Common Altitude Reference System for U-space ICARUS.”

Vincenzo Maria Ascione

Business Development

Topview’s contribution to U-Space

Since 2016 Topview participates in key research projects about U-space. 

In many of these projects TopView has contributed to the development of services and prototypes, also taking care of the related testing and validation campaigns in the field.

For validation test we built a 1:1 GA aircraft cockpit, to simulate the interaction between drones and manned aviation. 

The research and development efforts led in 2021 TopView to be the first company to concretely adhere to the “U-space Manifesto” launched by D-Flight, the national provider of services for unmanned air traffic management.

It has in fact released a first beta version of Pollicino™, the proprietary tracker drone that allows drones to interface with the U-space services of the national provider, favoring situational awareness and safety of operations in the VLL (Very Low Level) airspace.

Tracker Pollicino

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Cockpit simulator

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research projects

ICARUS

H2020-SESAR-2019-2. Topic: SESAR-ER4-31-2019. Proposal number: 894593.

ICARUS proposes an innovative solution to the challenge of the Common Altitude Reference inside VLL airspaces with the definition of a new U-space service and its validation in a real operational environment.

The project defines a new U-space U3 service tightly coupled with the interface of the existing U-space services (e.g. Tracking, and Flight Planning services). The users of ICARUS service shall be remote pilots competent to fly in BVLOS in the specific category of UAS operations and ultralight GA pilots potentially sharing the same VLL airspace.

TopView leads the definition of the operative scenario e its realization, including a GA flight simulator and the analysis of the results.

DREAMS

H2020-SESAR-2016-1. GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER: 763671.

The project DREAMS aims to analyse the present and future needs of drone Aeronautical Information Management to support the growth of unmanned aviation, ensuring the safety of operations.

The study performs an analysis, simulation and validation of present and future applications and technologies related to information exchange, to ensure the feasibility of new processes, services and solutions for drone AIM and the scalability of the U-Space system.

As UAS operator, TopView brought your own point of view on future flight operations and information exchange among U-space services.

DODO

POR FESR CAMPANIA 2014-2020, CUP: B83D18000370007.

General Aviation (GA) aircrafts can be seen as the next logical step in the evolution of people transport systems innovations. Unfortunately, these aircrafts do not have the advanced onboard instrumentation needed for safe flight, such as control of traffic environment or meteo hazards.

DODO project ensures this performance by the means of an ICT platform capable of supporting General Aviation and VDS pilots in all phases of flight, increasing the pilot’s Situation Awareness and paying particular attention to environmental and safety aspects. The ICT platform interacts with the GA Pilot personal device (tablet) and provides him with data and alerts needed for safe flight operations

COMP4DRONES

H2020-ECSEL-2018-2. GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER: 826610.

COMP4DRONES will bear a holistically designed ecosystem ranging from application to electronic components. It is realized as a tightly integrated multi-vendor and compositional drone embedded architecture solution and a tool chain complementing the compositional architecture principles.

The ecosystem aims at supporting: efficient customization and incremental assurance of drone embedded platforms; safe autonomous decision making concerning individual or cooperative missions; trustworthy drone-to-drone and drone-to-ground communications even in presence of malicious attackers and under the intrinsic platform constraints, and agile and cost-effective compositional design and assurance of drone modules and systems.

TopView will integrate dual frequency GNSS in precision agriculture to exploit the potential of PPK and RTK.

NARROW PATH

POR FESR CAMPANIA 2014-2020. CUP: B43D18000370007.

NARROW PATH explores the possibility to install advanced satellite navigation systems (EGNOS, Real Time Kinematics) on board of a small drone. The main goal is to reduce the NSE (Navigation System Error) and the FTE (Flight Technical Error) and therefore to make narrower the safety buffer around the planned flight path. As a result, the volume of the buffer zone aside the flight path could be reduced in the range of 100 or even 50m per side, with a substantial improvement compared to traditional UAS. This would enable large numbers of small drones operations in VLL airspace, nearby ground obstacles.

ACROSS

MIUR-ARS01_00702. CUP: B26G18000810005.

ACROSS contributes to the safe and efficient integration of small drones (sUAS) operations in controlled (airports) and non-controlled low level airspace. In both types of airspace manned and unmanned traffic co-exist.  The project will study and develop innovative capabilities and technologies, on-board and on the ground, in order to provide sUAS with: enhanced air traffic situational awareness and more accurate emergency management related to dynamic constraints of airspace or to unpredictable events affecting safety and efficiency of operations.