Altitude Angel is to deploy its market leading UTM technology platform at Cranfield Global Research Airport in collaboration with Cranfield Airport Operations.
It hopes the move will enable the evaluation of GuardianUTM in a rich traffic environment including research institutes, students and private enterprises.
As one of the few universities in the world with its own airport and Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), Cranfield is at the forefront of aerospace and aviation technology, working to address the challenges of digital aviation and rethink the airports, airlines, airspace management and aircraft of the future.
The joint initiative will see Altitude Angel deploy its GuardianUTM O/S into the digital tower at Cranfield Airport, allowing research institutes, students and other key stakeholders, to interface via Altitude Angel’s APIs and request flight authorisations digitally.
David Walters, head of strategic programmes at Altitude Angel, said: “Cranfield Global Research Airport is one of the institutions leading the world in the development of unmanned aerial vehicles, so combined with Altitude Angel’s world leading GuardianUTM platform, we’ll be able to demonstrate how routine drone operations can be safely and securely carried out within a real-life airport environment.”
While Robert Abbott director of Aviation Operations at Cranfield Airport, added: “In Altitude Angel Cranfield Airport can partner with the provider of a leading UTM platform in order to evaluate a system in a unique and traffic rich airspace environment. In harmony with the capability the Remote Tower gives us, GuardianUTM is an ideal and vital information tool as we support research on behalf of the University and its partners.”