Exploring the Collaboration Between NASA, the FAA and Drone Industry to Develop a Cloud-Based UTM System

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are partnering with private companies to develop a cloud-based traffic management system that could handle unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) operating in the national airspace, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management platform enables drone users to…

5 Things I Discovered at Commercial UAV Expo Europe – Part II

Commercial UAV Expo Europe took place in Amsterdam this year, and it was an event that saw everything from insights about surveying & mapping challenges across the continent to innovative solutions like the hydrogen fuel cells for UAVs that BMPower is building. Before I went to the event, I published a blog that laid out…

INVOLI, the Missing Link in the Implementation of an Effective UTM

In order for regulators throughout the world to allow for the full integration of manned and unmanned aircraft in controlled airspace, a few technologies and procedures need to be perfected and fine tuned to work with each other seamlessly. One of these technologies is known as an unmanned traffic management (UTM) system, and there will…

Skyguide And AirMap Develop Europe’s First National Deployment of U-space

On March 5, Skyguide, the Swiss air navigation service provider, and AirMap, a leading airspace management platform for drones, announced an agreement to develop and deploy the first national drone traffic management system in Europe. The proposed system aims to be the first national deployment of U-space, Europe’s vision for the digital infrastructure that will…

How a Truly Scalable Drone Economy Will Transform Our Lives

We’ve talked a lot about the potential drones have when it comes to changing the way specific construction companies and surveyors can approach a given task, and the commercial ramifications of the technology are incredibly exciting. However, drones are set to enable changes at an even more fundamental level, and AirMap is one of the…

An Update on Drone Regulation and U-space Integration in Europe

We’ve explored EASA’s (European Aviation Safety Agency) efforts to streamline UAV regulations and approval processes across Europe, and their work with SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) to coordinate and concentrate all EU research and development is set to open up the skies for commercial drone operators across the continent. Much of that will be opened…

New UTM System Uses Cellular Network to Extend Flights BVLOS

Terra Drone Inc. a leading Japanese UAV service provider and innovator in the area of Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM), and telecommunications operator LG 4+ have announced the successful completion of their new 4G LTE control system, which allows operators to remotely monitor drones via an LTE network. Terra Drone’s 4G LTE control system is the…

Streamlining Authority: EASA Push for Better UAV Climate Brings Optimism

In recent decades, political movements like the rise of the European Union have led to removing barriers that inhibit trade between nations. But in the skies above many of those European nations, Cold War-era regulatory walls keep air commerce and nations apart. A UAV operator wanting to operate both in Belgium and Germany must apply…

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