British start up Altitude Angel has put drone safety centre stage by securing a partnership to enable safe airspace integration of drones.
The company, which recently teamed up with leading air traffic services provider NATS to bolster drones in UK airspace, has confirmed a second partnership with communications solutions firm Frequentis to provide solutions that will allow UAVs to more safely co-exist in the shared airspace.
The framework has been announced as the companies recognise the ability for drone technologies to support essential tasks, such as emergency health services and organ transport, policing and traffic patrols, and the increasing the pressure to safely manage the airspace.
“The underlying mission of the industry remains the same – to fly safely and legally in assigned airspaces. Finding a way for drones and manned aircraft to safely coexist is crucial,” said Hannu Juurakko, vice president of ATM at Frequentis.
“We understand that building a harmonised framework for air traffic management (ATM) and unmanned traffic management (UTM) is the safest way forward. Altitude Angel’s GuardianUTM platform coupled with Frequentis’ mature, safety-critical infrastructure components and state-of-the art technology will ensure their safe integration into the airspace. Our focus is to enable new business models for our ANSP customers and enable organisations to leverage the potential of these autonomous technologies.”
Altitude Angel’s founder and CEO, Richard Parker, added: “With Frequentis’ expertise we can move forward in our goals for a harmonised airspace, bringing the ATM and UTM communities together for a more integrated airspace.”
The companies are both involved in many drone research efforts and projects, with the focus on safely integrating them into the airspace. Both companies are actively involved in SESAR-driven research, and are members of relevant international and regional working groups, such as at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Global UTM Association (GUTMA), or the standardisation organisation EUROCAE.