Sharing the airspace safely in VUTURA

Sharing the airspace safely in VUTURA

 In order for drones to operate safely and within reasonable expectation, drone operators need to comply with local rules and changing airspace conditions. Especially considering the fact that drones fly in very low-level airspace.

 With Unifly’s flight planning tool, the operator is able to file his flight plan with the authorities. Before taking off, the pilot performs a final check and then begins his flight. The authorities can see the flight and monitor their local airspace in real-time.

If needed, the UTM platform allows the authorities to contact and/or instruct the pilot. After the flight has been completed, the pilot confirms the flight has ended through the UTM system. The administrative flow of the flight has now been completed automatically without any further action required.

VUTURA demonstration flights tested the technical and economic viability of commercial drone flights, including Beyond Visual Line of Sight flights. Tests were carried out in rural, urban and smart city environments over a two-year period.

They featured variables such as different levels of automation, commercial and leisure drones, off-the-shelf and custom-made drones.

During these demonstrations, Unifly’s UTM platform connected drone operators to authorities to allow the flights to be carried out safely and in accordance with local regulations.

Unifly’s system also simplified the entire process for the drone operators. The operations management tool made planning and managing the drone flights straightforward and simple, removing the administrative burden operators were previously facing.

VUTURA is a SESAR CEF project supporting U-space, the European vision for the safe, secure and efficient handling of drone traffic and a key enabler for the growing drone market to generate economic and societal benefits.

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