SkySensus, an R&D project funded and led by Peraton Canada for the research and development, and commercialisation of Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) in unmanned systems, has been selected to fulfill Canada’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Traffic Management (RTM) Service Trials.
The RTM Service Trails were granted to SkySensus, in partnership with Unifly, to develop the requirements, performance levels and deployment of services needed for Canada’s RPAS Traffic Management system.
“We are thrilled to partner with SkySensus as the consortium offers the expertise, experience, and technology components required to enable safe routine BVLOS operations,” said Laurent Huenaerts, VP & general manager at Unifly Inc.
“The vision and concrete implementation plan that SkySensus defined to enable complex operations will benefit not only Transport Canada and NAV CANADA, but also every RPAS operator willing to fly BVLOS in Canada in the future.”
The RTM selection committee, a joint government and industry group co-led by Transport Canada and NAV CANADA, was established to create a roadmap for the development of RTM services in Canada. The goal is to develop an ecosystem of RTM services that can safely manage the integration of remotely piloted aircraft into Canadian airspace.
With features like RPAS tracking, remote identification, detect-and-avoid, and conflict resolution, these new technologies and RTM services will be introduced and rolled-out into use. The aim of the rollout is to facilitate the full integration of UAVs into a coordinated air traffic management system, and further the development of regulations for BVLOS operations.
“This is a significant win for SkySensus, to be singled out by the selection committee to contribute to the RTM trials is immense for SkySensus and the entire RPAS community” said Blair Boyd, SkySensus program manager at Peraton Canada.
“The RTM services trials complement our current project focus on the BVLOS enablers of airworthiness, detect and avoid solutions and data analytics, all toward the development for safe RPAS operations to enable commercialisation.”
Conducting several simultaneous RPAS flights, SkySensus completed Phase I of the RTM trials at the Foremost UAS Test Range in southern Alberta on 19 October.