Future Flight Consortium selected to spearhead urban airspace initiative

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The Future Flight Consortium has been selected by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and Ministry of Transport to develop a connected urban airspace management system for unmanned aircraft in Singapore.

The consortium is led by Garuda Robotics and comprises Singapore Civil Defence Force, Parkway Pantai, Security Industry Institute, Singtel, Arete-M, AirMap, Gemalto, Flare Dynamics, Volans-i, Skyfront, University of Glasgow (Singapore), and Acorn International Network.

The MOT and CAAS called for proposals that will spur the rapid development and adoption of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in Singapore across various industries. By supporting the development of innovative capabilities, technologies and solutions for navigation, sense-and-avoid, fleet management and UAS traffic management, the program will enable beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) flight operations in Singapore’s densely populated urban environment while ensuring safety.

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Drone pilots will remotely operate and monitor BVLOS drones from a Drone Operations Center. Over a two-year period, consortium members will integrate complementary technologies and conduct rigorous tests to demonstrate the reliability and safety of the system.

“Our goal is to make it possible for any enterprise who needs to fly drones BVLOS in Singapore to easily do so in a safe and effective manner,” said Ong Jiin Joo, Future Flight’s project director and CTO of Garuda Robotics.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) is exploring how to use drones to form an aerial supply chain. “SCDF is in discussions with Garuda Robotics to explore the feasibility of utilising BVLOS drones in our operations,” said AC Yazid Abdullah, director of the medical department at SCDF.

Tags : BVLOSCivil Aviation Authority of SingaporeFuture Flight ConsortiumMinistry of Transport
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