The U-space geo-awareness service provides information about the latest airspace constraints and geographical information published as part of the Common information services. Its role is to consolidate geographical data and to make them available to UAS operators. It is used by the UAS flight authorisation service as a source of data to inform UAS operators of relevant operational constraints and changes, both prior to and during the flight. Geo-awareness in the context of U-space should not be confused with the geo-awareness function required for certain classes of UAS by Regulation (EU) 2019/945. In the latter, geo-awareness is defined as a UAS function that detects a potential breach of airspace limitations and alerts the remote pilots so that they can take effective immediate and action to prevent that breach. In the framework of the U-space regulation, geo-awareness is a USSP service that provides UAS operators with the information about the latest airspace constraints and defined UAS geographical zones information made available as part of the common information services. Both aspects of the term geo-awareness are complementary.
Section VIII and Annex 2 of the ED-269 - Minimum Operational Performance Standard for UAS Geo-Fencing have been used to defined the data model and the format, following the AMC to the Implemeting regulation (EU) 2019/947, Art. 15 where the concept of UAS geographical zone is introduced.