Shaping the future of Urban Air Mobility with MAIA and MUSE

Get ready for the urban air mobility revolution with two freshly kicked-off projects! MAIA (Multimodal Airport Access Solutions) and MUSE (Measuring U-Space Social and Environmental Impact) share the common vision of creating a future where urban transportation is interconnected, efficient and environmentally conscious - simply music to all ears.

MAIA is dedicated to designing and implementing multimodal airport access solutions that integrate Connected and Cooperative Mobility (CCAM) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM). By leveraging shared autonomous vehicle fleets and unmanned aerial vehicle fleets, MAIA is revolutionizing passenger mobility. Through advanced data analytics and modelling tools, we monitor and anticipate passenger behaviour changes, optimize vehicle dispatching during disruptions, and recommend strategic vertiport locations.

Complementing MAIA's vision, MUSE focuses on assessing and optimising the impact of UAM operations on the livability and quality of life in European cities. MUSE's primary objective is to improve the quality of life and livability in urban areas by addressing the challenges posed by drone-generated noise and visual pollution. The project aims to develop a comprehensive framework that evaluates the environmental and social consequences of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) operations. By considering factors such as location, demographics, and behaviour, MUSE will capture a wide range of effects on people's daily lives. Real-world case studies conducted in European cities will demonstrate the effectiveness of our innovative strategies.

Meet the dream team behind the scenes

The projects had their successful kick-off meetings at the SESAR Joint Undertaking premises in Brussels on 20 - 21 June. While both the MAIA and the MUSE consortium include 6 partners from 4 countries, the partners differ between the projects. What unites us - besides the passion for air mobility - is our shared dedication and determination to create exciting advancements in air mobility as we know it.

Nommon, as the coordinator, alongside Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, University of Belgrade, ONERA, and IGN FI, are the scientific powerhouses driving the technical aspects of MUSE. With their expertise, rest assured that every detail will be flawlessly handled. But that's not all! POLIS takes charge of project dissemination and exploitation, ensuring that our groundbreaking work reaches the right audience. They are also the dynamic force connecting all the essential stakeholders to the MUSE project.

No one has to worry about MAIA either, led by the coordination expertise of Nommon too, alongside Transport and Mobility Leuven, System X, University of Belgrade, and Brussels Airport providing crucial data. This dream team is geared up to tackle the technical aspects of the project. All this mixed with the POLIS team leading the way for dissemination and exploitation efforts, MAIA has the recipe for success!

Both projects are funded by the Horizon Europe Programme, under the SESAR Joint Undertaking, for a duration of 30 months (June 2023 - November 2025).