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Integration U-Space and UTM Systems in the Rotterdam  city, port and airport

DronePort Rotterdam's second project focuses on integrating U-space and UTM systems within the Rotterdam harbour, city, and airport. This integration aims to establish a clear governance model for managing the increasing autonomous and uncrewed asset traffic in the region. By focusing on Rotterdam's key infrastructural points this project  addresses the practical challenges of coordinating operations in dense urban areas and busy transport hubs. The goal is to ensure safe and efficient operations, minimizing potential conflicts with other airspace users and ground-based activities. 

DronePort's added value

Infrastructure Development

We establish facilities and infrastructure, such as dedicated corridors, vertiports, and advanced communication, navigastion and positioning systems, to support the seamless operation of autonomous and uncrewed assets.

Collaborative Platforms/System

We facilitate the creation of unified platforms that allow real-time data sharing and coordination, ensuring safe and efficient airspace operations.

Research & Innovation

We address challenges in integrating UTM, ATM, and U-Space and develop solutions, for example developing advanced algorithms for traffic management or collision avoidance.

Training & Education

We offer specialized training programs for the platform/ system users. This ensures that all parties are well-equipped with the knowledge and skills to navigate the integrated airspace ecosystem.

Policy Advocacy

We provide insights from on-ground operations and pilot projects,that helps in the formulation of policies that are both progressive and practical.

Our research steps


Stakeholder Collaboration

We actively engage with all relevant stakeholders, including port authorities, city planners, airport management, drone operators, and regulatory bodies. This ensures all perspectives are considered.


Infrastructure assessment/ System Analysis

We evaluate the current infrastructure of the harbour, city, and airport to identify potential challenges and opportunities for drone operations.


Technology Evaluation

We assess the current state of U-space and UTM technologies, identifying any gaps or specific requirements for our context.


Pilot Projects & Iterative Testing

We launch pilot projects in controlled environments. Based on the feedback and data we refine the systems and conduct further tests. 


Data Collection & Analysis

We gather data from these pilot projects, analyzing drone routes, efficiency, safety incidents, and other relevant metrics.


Feedback Loop

We regularly gather feedback from stakeholders and the public. The incorporation of suggestions and concerns into the development phase is crucial.


Public Awareness

Besides the feedback loop, we educate the public about drone operations, U-space, and UTM systems. We want to address concerns and find the right solutions.


Regulatory Alignment

We work closely with regulatory bodies to ensure all drone operations align with local, national, and international regulations.



We document all findings, best practices, challenges, and solutions. This can serve as a blueprint for other cities and regions looking to integrate U-space and UTM systems.

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