Tartu Science Park is the innovation engine of South Estonia. Their mission is to nurture start-up companies into global businesses. Tartu Science Park is the first science park in the Baltics, founded in 1992 by Tartu city, county and two universities. For more than 25 years they have supported business innovation activities in the region by networking with universities, the public and private sector. Tartu Science Park is the the home of business and is responsible for demonstrators 4 and 10.
To demonstrate the service drone deployment in an urban area and integration into the Smart City infrastructure. Important considerations to take into account are the inclusion of future-proof technology solutions and best practices in which U-Space supporting infrastructure and services are developed that may be deployed in the larger cities. Development of the Urban Air Mobility infrastructure will start in the Living Labs. Multi-purpose heliports are to be deployed to serve for parking and charging of service drones. Those may be implemented in the form of smart lamp posts with ‘bird-nests’ in place to charge the drones and enable long-distance delivery. The heliports may be equipped with a variety of modules so that service drones can interchange to achieve the best match for the requested mission. Heliports may be equipped with cargo bays or lockers which are able to fit in a cargo container. Surveying the community to investigate the social perception concerning subjects like noise and added quality to their lives. The final main objective of this demonstrator is to prepare Living Labs for the reduction of the carbon footprint and atmospheric pollution concerning road traffic transport, which translates to:
The Living Labs has been selected ensuring they have a majority of the attributes typical to big cities. Under the UAM initiative in the Living Labs, local stakeholders gather the best practices to experiment and contribute to the development of the local UAM infrastructure that may be referenced, replicated and scaled to other cities and communities. Nordic challenges: Due to the geographical position of the City of Oulu and Tartu, local U-Space operations are exposed to severe Nordic environment conditions. The Nordic U-Space technological and operational challenges – what are those and how to tackle them to achieve safe, secure and all-weather resilient UAS technologies.
This demonstrator aims to develop new UAM traffic with an emergency system that provides a safe and secure utilisation of airspace in order to provide a drone service platform. Last-mile delivery of medications and food for the elderly is part of the city Governments’ social care programmes and tasks. Services will be tested in special situation/circumstances. A positive outcome will ensure the resiliency of the city of Tartu. Three drones (one per service) will deliver the following services to the city's users:
Tartu City Government is responsible for the social care of the elderly population. In today’s system social care workers have to physically visit each location and make the deliveries if recipients have limited mobility from poor health condition. Similar needs arise in special situations such as extreme weather conditions (e.g. flooding, heavy snowfall in Tartu region) and disease outbreaks (e.g. COVID-19), where manned road traffic is slowed down considerably or entirely blocked. Under such circumstances both monitoring and delivery services via UAS could be of purpose. There are practically no Urban Air Mobility services provided by the private sector today. Establishing use cases which demonstrate the effectiveness of the aforementioned services could open up a new market segment.