EHang Holdings Limited the world’s leading Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (“AAV”) technology Platform Company, announced that it has collaborated with Spain’s Advanced Center for Aerospace Technologies (“CATEC”) to successfully complete the BAUD project in Spain. Framed under the Invest in Spain program of ICEX Trade and Investment, and sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, the BAUD project aims at enhancing the operational safety and efficiency of Unmanned Aerial Systems (“UAS”) for aerial logistic missions, as well as enabling their integration in U-Space.
After one year of intense industrial research, EHang and CATEC achieved the project objectives through the development of an autonomous airborne beacon, which provides more precise and comprehensive UAS positioning by using Global Navigation Satellite Systems, EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service) and Galileo, along with providing the UAS status, remote e-ID (electronic identification) and other tactical information with U-Space systems.
The flight test campaign of the BAUD project was conducted at CATEC’s Air Traffic Laboratory for Advanced Unmanned Systems (“ATLAS”) test flight center, using two EHang Falcon B (Logistics) autonomous aerial vehicles. The developed autonomous airborne beacon can not only be applied by EHang AAVs, but also by any UAS, and will enable the safe operation of UAS in European airspace, through their intelligent integration with U-Space systems.
Victoria Xiang, COO of EHang Europe and Latin America, highlighted, “We are delighted to announce the successful completion of the BAUD project, achieving all of its goals and objectives. EHang welcomes public-private partnership opportunities for research, development, and investment in the UAS field in Spain. This has encouraged EHang to execute several innovation projects, share EHang’s world-leading technology and extensive international experience on Urban Air Mobility, and strengthen our wide technological collaboration network in Europe”.