AirMap and SkyGuide conquer first stage to unlocking Europe-wide UTM

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SkyGuide and AirMap are in a prime position to deliver their drone management system across Europe, following the completion of a successful, nationwide test.

Today SkyGuide, the Swiss air navigation service provider and AirMap, the airspace management platform for drones specialist, demonstrated their Swiss U-space services nationwide in Switzerland.

The demonstration was part of the Drone Innovators Network event put on by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in collaboration with the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) and Presence Switzerland.

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SkyGuide is the first to deploy U-space services nationwide. U-space is Europe’s vision for the digital infrastructure to support safe and secure access to European skies for millions of drones.

In the demonstration, dozens of drones performed a wide variety of commercial tasks, including medical supply delivery and weather monitoring, across the entire country of Switzerland.

The successful demonstration places the companies in a strong position to target growth across Europe.

“Last September, we successfully demonstrated U-space concepts with three flights in the city of Geneva,” said Alex Bristol, CEO of SkyGuide.

“Today, we deployed nationwide U-space services showing live manned and unmanned traffic for dozens of drone use cases across Switzerland. This tremendous progress proves that U-space facilitates a safe and secure airspace system and that Switzerland is leading the way in drone innovation.”

AirMap’s co-founder and chairman, Ben Marcus, added: “It is an exciting prospect for Europe’s growing community of drone operators and sets a clear path that others can now follow.”

Earlier this year, SkyGuide and AirMap announced that they would join forces to develop Europe’s first national drone traffic management system, Swiss U-space. AirMap also announced today that it has opened an office in Zurich and will build a team there to work closely with SkyGuide to support Switzerland’s thriving drone ecosystem.

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