ANRA Applied sciences Wins UK UTM Venture – Drones Information
WASHINGTON, DC, and London, UK – July 30, 2020 – ANRA Technologies, a leading provider of end-to-end solutions for drone operations and traffic management, announced today that its CTR airspace management platform SmartSkies has been selected for the UK. ‘s Connected Places Catapult (CPC) lot 1 phase 3 project. On behalf of the UK Department of Transportation (DfT), CPC has been tasked with developing an Open Access UAS traffic management system (UTM), a coordinated, low-level, coordinated digital and automated air traffic system for the synchronization and consolidation of the numerous UTM services.
ANRA is no stranger to Catapult. In 2018, ANRA participated in Phase 1, a DfT research and development project led by Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) to lay the foundations for a safe work environment for commercial drone operations in the UK. ANRA worked with industry partners to develop the requirements and validation methods for a UTM framework. This important CPC report was the result of this collaboration in phase 1 of the program.
The industry team worked on drafting preliminary requirements for a UTM framework and identified the key research requirements that government and industry need to meet to enable safe and efficient integration of UAS into British airspace.
Following 2019, ANRA received a Phase 2 order to continue working with CPC and build on the research and development activities of the previous phase.
In phase 2, ANRA participated as a UTM service provider (UTMSP) in cooperation with authorities, supervisory authorities and other interest groups.
ANRA supported the design and development of the UK UTM framework and architecture, with a focus on the following three aspects of UTM:
· Review of architecture and key services
· Operating framework for processes and planning
· Conflict management framework
ANRA’s most recent win is for phase 3. ANRA, CPC and industry partners will conduct simulated and live flight trials in a multi-UTMSP operating environment in 2020-202.
The Phase 3 CPC Open Access UTM project will develop an independent, self-directed and scalable system that will manage and monitor the drones and their flights. This takes into account inputs from external sources such as obstacles, terrain, weather, airspace, command and control connections (C2) and performance data and makes this data available to operators and service providers. The system can send notifications to external stakeholders such as public security and local authorities to enable airspace coordination and meet critical security requirements in a multi-UTMSP operating environment.
“Britain is quickly becoming a world leader in the development of commercial drone technologies. We are honored to have contributed to all of Connected Places Catapult’s Open Access UTM research and development programs, and we look forward to starting with simulated Phase 3 tests and live flight tests to ensure a safe, interoperable and efficient traffic management system for British airspace. Explained Amit Ganjoo, CEO and founder of ANRA Technologies.
The aim is to build an interoperable system with technology-independent protocols that do not require constant human surveillance and surveillance, and yet can ensure the safety and control of low-altitude drones in airspace.
ANRA’s SmartSkies CTR UTM platform will demonstrate multi-UTMSP interoperability and data exchange, and test the UTM framework against use cases under nominal and non-nominal conditions, including Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) and Beyond Visual Line of Sight ( BVLOS)) operations. The project concludes with a full transfer of knowledge to the UK’s DfT, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and industry.
ANRA Technologies looks forward to working with UK government leaders Connected Places Catapult and industry partners Wing, Altitude Angel, AiRXOS and Collins Aerospace.