Unmanned traffic management (UTM) specialist Altitude Angel has partnered with global mobile satellite communications company Inmarsat to create a new air traffic management system for drones.
Altitude Angel was founded in the UK in 2014. A statement from the company said that the system will deliver advanced flight tracking and management capability for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
The duo will build on Altitude Angel’s GuardianUTM platform, jointly developing a ‘pop-up UTM’ capability.
It will be able to be deployed anywhere it is required to manage beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) UAV flights, and will utilise Inmarsat’s global network of satellites.
It will initially be aimed at aiding blue-light emergency services and first responders.
A commercial product aimed at a wider audience will follow, Altitude Angel claimed.
Phil Binks, Altitude Angel’s head of air traffic management, added: “The ability to almost instantly ‘pop-up’ safe, secure and fully operational UTM platforms in any environment, at any time, will give first responders, blue-light services and aid organisations a valuable new tool that could save countless lives.
“Altitude Angel and Inmarsat, in developing ‘Pop-Up UTM’, will be able to bring connectivity, clarity and automated air traffic control services for UAVs in even the most challenging of circumstances.”