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The urban mobility of the future will be connected and autonomous, terrestrial and air.

Astra UTM (Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management) delivered a unique showcase of simultaneous drone flights being tracked in real-time during the launch of the HERA Drone Hub in the City of Zaragoza, Spain. The city wants to be the first in Europe to authorize a space for testing, experimentation and training of drones in an urban environment with a strategic focus on the future of advanced aerial mobility.

The extraordinary location of Hera Drone Hub, next to the AVE rail station and in the middle of the Ebro corridor, is a perfect location to experience the transformation of urban mobility and train new air, land and aquatic uses. The geographical situation of Zaragoza thus allows to develop a holistic project with industries such as energy, automotive and logistics and in which the Zaragoza City Council will also carry out the flight tests of the European project FLYING FORWARD, selected in the call for the EU H2020 program “Towards sustainable urban air mobility”, according to uasweekly.com.

The flight demonstration test of four drone operations monitored and managed with the Astra UTM system in urban segregated space – simulating an urban multi use-case scenario. 

According to the company, “city councils and municipalities are starting to recognize the potential economical advantages that UTM and UAM (Urban Air Mobility) readiness can bring about – and as a result we are seeing an uptake in the interest and commitment to UTM from the relevant stakeholders – eventually UTM benefits both the operators and the airspace managers.