April showers bring May… UTM trials?

Last month, AirMap was selected to participate in two industry-leading demonstrations of Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone operations worldwide.

Queensland, Australia
From May 8-12, the AirMap team joined technical professional services company Local Government Infrastructure Services (LGIS) in Queensland, Australia, to explore the possibilities for drone use in emergency management and emergency response functions, such as assessing the status of infrastructure, delivering critical supplies to remote locations, and more.

Together with Scout Aerial, AirMap successfully demonstrated the ability to transmit real-time telemetry data, send command and control messages, remotely modify flight paths, and manage local low-altitude airspace for multiple, simultaneous BVLOS drones operations, all over Telstra’s LTE network.

Thanks to the foresight and outstanding performance of LGIS and other participating partners, Australia is one step closer to making drones part of everyday life.

Reno, Nevada
And just last week, the AirMap team joined forces with the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS), the manager of the FAA-designated UAS test site in Reno, NV, as a UAS Service Supplier (USS) to provide drone operators with UTM services. The goal of the trial was to thoroughly test and demonstrate UTM Technology Capability Levels (TCL) 2 concepts around BVLOS operations in sparsely populated areas, using flight and ground hardware and software.

As part of AirMap’s ongoing collaboration with the NASA-FAA UTM project, AirMap successfully demonstrated flight planning, airspace conflict resolution, notice and authorization, geofencing, real-time telemetry, and remote airspace management for a variety of BVLOS flight simulations, including agricultural surveying, building inspection, search and rescue, and package delivery.

The NIAS trials mark a milestone in the exciting progress that NASA, the FAA, UAS test sites, industry, and academia have made in extending many of the beneficial applications of small UAS beyond the current limitations, embracing both innovation and safety.


*Featured image courtesy of Drone America.