American airspace group secures deal to better manage drone traffic in airspace


European UTM platform provider Unifly has partnered up with an American airspace group in a bid to revitalise communities and grow the economy.

The Belgium-based company, a software application that enables UTM systems to visualise and manage drone traffic in the airspace, has announced a new partnership with Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR Alliance) and Griffiss International Airport.

The partnership will provide enhanced unmanned traffic management capabilities for the NY UAS Test Site 50-mile UTM Corridor currently being constructed.

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Unifly will establish a presence in Central New York to deploy its software platform and support traffic management testing. Working with NUAIR, Unifly will enable enhancements to test beyond visual line of site (BVLOS) systems with the ultimate goal of safely integrating UAVs into the nation’s airspace.

This announcement builds on a $30m (£23m) investment announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to develop the 50-mile flight traffic management system between Syracuse and Griffiss International Airport in Rome to advance the burgeoning unmanned aircraft systems industry in Central New York as part of the CNY Rising initiative.

“This partnership presents a unique opportunity to share Unifly’s proven UTM technology and experience with NUAIR,” said Marc Kegelaers, CEO of Unifly.

“The safe integration of drones into the general airspace is a universal topic today. The NUAIR Operation Center is the first test site that has had the vision to include international partners in their global alliance to successfully tackle these global challenges.”

Unifly’s software applications facilitate UAV traffic in very-low-altitude airspace. Its tools inform operators where it is safe and legal to fly and enable authorities and other aviation stakeholders to track traffic and manage airspace. It can inform users about the rules and situations, which are often complex, in a user-friendly way.

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