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DCB Processes


The high number of envisioned drone operations in urban environments makes essential to define the future Demand & Capacity Balancing (DCB) processes as a relevant component of the U-space system. The dynamic nature of drone operations will imply a paradigm change in these processes in comparison with current DCB processes in the ATM system. This group will allow having a wide consensus with stakeholders on the relevant challenges of the DCB for drones in urban environments, together with the potential solutions.


The goal is to set up a dedicated Research Area alongside the DACUS project to analyse those aspects of the envisioned DCB processes for U-space, which imply paradigm changes with respect to existing processes in ATM. Some of the topics to be addressed by this group are the identification of applicable DCB measures in U-space or the prioritization criteria in case of imbalances. Also the definition of representative indicators to monitor the effectiveness of the DCB processes, with special emphasis on indicators to determine the maximum number of drone operations that can be managed by the U-space system i.e. ‘U-space capacity’.

This group will contribute to the consolidation of U-space DCB concept of operations in urban environments, and to identify those research questions that DACUS validation exercises should address.

The DCB Process

DACUS will provide a preliminary storyboard of the DCB processes for U-space, together with previous research in this area. This storyboard will be analysed with the participants through several on-line workshops in order to refine the concept of operations and to identify those aspects that DACUS exercises should test.

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