Altitude Angel flies the flag for Britain in linked locations Catapult enterprise – Drones Information
London, United Kingdom: Altitude Angel, the world’s leading UTM (Unmanned Traffic Management) technology provider, announced today that it will collaborate with the UK Department of Transport (DfT) to participate in a Connected Places Catapult (CPC) project that is being developed, built and tested the British open access UTM framework for drone operations.
The Ministry of Transport funded nine-month CPC-led project is the second phase in the development of the UK’s Open UTM framework, which Altitude Angel supported as a pioneer at CPC in 2019.
The project aims to develop, create and test several key functions of the Open Access UTM framework. It includes the development of communication interfaces and protocols that are required to create a range of services, followed by tests and simulations that lead to field trials.
UTM systems are designed to enable drones to be integrated into national airspace. As part of the project, Altitude Angel will demonstrate its proven GuardianUTM platform to help drones and drone users become aware of permanent and dynamic airspace restrictions, awareness of other airspace users, detection and resolution of conflicts between drones and other aircraft, and application management Permission to enter or go through a controlled airspace.
By using a secure and reliable UTM platform, the UK government and businesses can harness the full potential of drones and carry out routine BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) flights.
Of the five organizations selected to participate in the project, only Altitude Angel has successfully deployed a UTM platform in a real-world environment. In addition, Altitude Angel is the only UK company that is a US organization.
Richard Ellis, Altitude Angel, Chief Business Officer, commented on participating in the Connected Places Catapult project: “We are very much looking forward to resuming our work with CPC to continue validating the Open UTM framework that we have pioneered Live testing will greatly benefit from Altitude Angel’s extensive APIs and experience in providing manufacturing services around the world. We believe this will provide a solid foundation for the UK to establish repeatable and scalable drone operations. “
Dr. Ajay Modha, principal technologist at Connected Places Catapult, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to demonstrate a UK UTM ecosystem and is an important step to remove the technology and operational barriers to UAS operations. An important goal is to demonstrate how this ability can support short-term and future market needs and ambitions. At the beginning of phase 2 of the Future Flight Challenge, one of the main goals of this project is to provide the UAS community, which may be studying UTM for the first time, with better insight and actionable data. “