Altitude Angel has ramped up its support for the popular ground-station controller, Mission Planner, and ArduPilot community.
The company has now incorporated the flight reporting features of its global UTM platform to Mission Planner version 1.3.57 onwards.
For over a year, the UK-based start-up been providing its airspace and ground hazard data to Mission Planner users so that they can make better informed and safer decisions about where to fly their drones.
A Flight Report is a voluntary declaration by a drone pilot to share information about where and when they are flying their drone in real-time, which in turn is then shared with other airspace users, contributing to reduced overall risk in the airspace. Critically, using the Altitude Angel developer platform, flight reports are shared without revealing any personally identifiable information, enabling the drone operator to optionally include other information they do wish to share.
Flight reporting is already incorporated into many of Altitude Angel’s partners’ apps via its APIs.
In the future, the start-up will also provide the opportunity for commercial pilots to digitally request access to airspace that requires authorisation, such as in the US under LAANC, this would mean Mission Planner users will be among the first in the world to be able to fly in more areas with full authorisation embedded within the application.
Rupert Benbrook, chief evangelist at Altitude Angel, said: “We’ve done our best to integrate with the familiar flight planning experience already offered by Mission Planner. The basic idea is that a flight report is automatically generated whenever the connected drone is armed.”