RAID is one of the eight European projects co-financed by SESAR Joint Undertaking with the purpose to demonstrate the integration of remotely piloted air system (RPAS) in the unsegregated airspace. RAID, in the frame of SESAR Integrated RPAS Demonstration Activities, intends to prove that SESAR solutions are primarily operational, ready for industrialisation and deployment.

CIRA (Italian Aerospace Research Center) coordinates a group of  Italian SMEs composed of Deep Blue, NAIS and Nimbus, and University of Malta and MATS (Malta Air Traffic Service) as  international partners. ENAV, the Italian ANSP, has endorsed the project.

The project kick-off meeting was held at CIRA headquarters in Capua on the October 29th 2013. RAID Project, which will last 24 months, is expected to perform both simulated and real flight trails to demonstrate the maturity of technologies and procedures which can allow a safe RPAS integration with manned civil and commercial aviation.

RPAS application areas are rapidly growing. Among them we can mention monitoring & surveillance of coastal areas and emergency zones, commercial activities such as aerial mails/parcels distribution.

Currently several projects, and relevant funding, dealing with the RPAS integration in the unsegregated airspace are carried out in USA; SESAR JU by the Integrated RPAS Demonstration Activities intends to support European industries and aeronautics Entities on this matter, to generate benefits in complex, real-life environments.

The RAID project, will perform demonstration activities in the following areas:

  • Use of standard procedures to manage the in and out transitions between the TSA and the non-segregated airspace to be applied to RPAS without changes and without any impact on working methods and air traffic controllers workload;
  • Detect and Avoid technology;
  • Communication, Command & Control Link – C3L security. 

RAID Objectives

  • To successfully and safely fly an RPAS in a non-segregated airspace.
  • To assess and demonstrate the feasibility of RPAS integration into non-segregated airspace.
  • To identify and demonstrate the similarities between RPASs and manned aircraft operations in the ATM environment.
  • To compare potential technological gaps between manned and un-manned flight operations.
  • To propose recommendations and guidelines for a proficient integration of RPAS into SESAR.

RAID Activities

  1. Real-Time simulations with Human – in – the –loop. Real time test beds for the RPAS, other traffic and environmental conditions as well as CWP will be settled. Both RPAS Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers will be involved in the simulations.
  2. Flight trials with simulated traffic. The RPAS will execute a number of flight trials under the control of ATCOs. The traffic surrounding the RPA will be simulated.
  3. Full Flight trials with real traffic. In this final demonstration stage, the synthetic traffic will be replaced by real traffic. The involvement of manned aircraft  is foreseen.


Main Deliverable

Specific reports for each demonstration campaigns will document the test expected and actual results, with reference to:

  1. Detect and Avoid aspects;
  2. C2L security aspects;
  3. TSA management procedures.

A final project report will be issued resuming the project outcomes as resulting from the test reports and the communication report. The main deliverables are:

  • A Demonstration Plan, defining the demonstration objectives, the scenarios and describing the foreseen activities;
  • A Communication Plan providing the strategy to inform the RPAS, ATM communities and public audience about project activities and results;
  • A Final Report, providing the analysis of results of demonstration activities both from a technical and operational perspective, as well as relevant recommendations.