We are excited to announce the official launch of the website for the MUSE project – “Measuring U-Space Social and Environmental Impact.” MUSE is an ambitious initiative aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the impact of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) operations on the quality of life in European cities, with a special focus on addressing issues like drone-generated noise and visual pollution.
The overarching goal of MUSE is to develop a comprehensive set of key performance indicators, methods, and tools for assessing the societal and environmental impact of UAM operations. These indicators will capture the full spectrum of UAM’s effects on citizens’ quality of life, considering factors like geography, time, demographics, socioeconomic status, and behavior. The project’s specific objectives include:
Defining Social and Environmental KPIs: MUSE aims to define a set of U-Space social and environmental Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) capable of offering high-resolution insights into UAM’s impact on citizens’ daily lives.
Developing Innovative Measurement Tools: The project will develop cutting-edge methods and tools for accurately measuring and forecasting the proposed KPIs. This toolkit will enable 4D drone trajectory generation in urban areas, modeling of UAM noise and visual footprints, high-resolution dynamic population mapping, and calculation of population exposure indicators based on various parameters.
Case Studies: MUSE will demonstrate and evaluate the capabilities of its newly developed methods and tools through the application to a series of case studies in European cities.
Creating Future Solutions: As a forward-looking initiative, MUSE will lay the groundwork for future advancements in U-Space services by outlining the MUSE U-Space Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Framework, designed to optimize the social and environmental performance of UAM operations.
Within just a few months since its inception, the MUSE project has made significant progress. We are proud to announce the successful submission of two key deliverables to the European Commission and the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking:
Communication and Dissemination Strategy: This document outlines our approach to effectively communicate the project’s objectives, progress, and results to a wide audience.
Data Management Plan: The Data Management Plan establishes guidelines for the collection, storage, and sharing of project data, ensuring transparency and accessibility.
We are excited about the journey ahead and the potential for MUSE to shape the future of UAM operations. Stay tuned for updates and insights as we work toward a more sustainable and livable urban environment.
For more information and to stay updated on our progress, please visit our website, which will be live this Friday. We look forward to engaging with stakeholders, experts, and the public as we embark on this transformative journey. Together, we can create a brighter, more sustainable future for urban air mobility.