UK Develops UAS Traffic Management Program

By Mike Ball / 06 Dec 2018
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ANRA Technologies, a developer of commercial drone operations and unmanned traffic management platforms, has announced that it has been selected for the UK UAS (unmanned aerial system) Traffic Management (UTM) program. The Program is part of a wider program which is government led and across the public and private sectors, aimed at enabling safe integration of drones into UK airspace.

This program is under the governance of the Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) which is working with ANRA Technologies as a UTM service provider (UTMSP) along with support from the appropriate UK Government regulators as well as an Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) and other stakeholders.

Currently, numerous UTM services are developing independently of any framework – potentially resulting in uncoordinated low altitude air traffic. There is a need to explore a future UTM architecture that enables multiple UTM stakeholders to participate in the distribution of information and intelligent control of airspace. The focus of this program in the UK is the creation of a UTM framework within which the UTM service providers (UTMSPs) will operate. The program aims to investigate how and what information may be exchanged between different UTMSPs and the required data sources such that airspace coordination can be attained to achieve the critical safety requirements.

“We would like to congratulate ANRA on joining the development of the UTM framework for UK. Having a joined-up approach to UAS traffic management will be a key enabler to wider adoption of this technology and commercialisation of Beyond Line of Sight drone operation. We are sure that ANRA’s experience in this area will support the project in creating an impact for this high growth potential sector.” Said Mark Westwood, Chief Technology Officer, the Transport Systems Catapult.

The goal of this program is to develop an independent, self-directed, and scalable system that will manage and monitor drones and their flights. This kind of system will factor inputs from external sources such as obstacle, terrain, weather, airspace, command and control and performance data and make this data available to operators/service providers.

The system should also be capable of providing human stakeholders the ability to remotely identify a UAS and make strategic decisions related to mission management whether it is launch, execution, and/or termination of airspace operations. The procedures and interfaces also need to ensure that only authenticated and approved UAS can operate in the given airspace.

“We are excited to be a part of this pathfinder program in the UK and bring our experience in having been involved in similar initiatives elsewhere and look forward to working the government and industry partners over the next few months”, said Amit Ganjoo, CEO of ANRA Technologies.

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact
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