Altitude Angel, NATS demo GuardianUTM
Altitude Angel has demonstrated the capabilities of its GuardianUTM airspace management operating system during Operation Zenith at Manchester Airport in the UK, the company announced on 25 November.
Operation Zenith was carried out by NATS, Altitude Angel and Manchester Airport. The demonstration showcased the real-time integration of air traffic management and unmanned traffic management (UTM) in a controlled airspace.
GuardianUTM is designed to enable air traffic control, software developers, UAS manufacturers and UAS pilots to easily integrate the UTM platform into their operations. In busy air-traffic environments such as airports, the ability to identify the presence of a rogue UAS is a factor blocking the expansion and roll-out of national UTM capabilities. In Operation Zenith, Altitude Angel demonstrated how its UTM platform works with connected UAS-detection systems to mitigate the risks caused by a rogue UAS entering the path of landing aircraft.
During the trial, GuardianUTM supplied all parties with a real-time moving map of all aerial activity, which the UTM system also used to send advance warning to nearby automated UAS or their pilots to ensure they could safely operate in close proximity. At the same time, the UTM system was fully integrated into the air traffic control tower at Manchester Airport, providing air traffic controllers with a detailed view of all approved and unapproved activity.
GuardianUTM is now being deployed by NATS, who will be utilising it as its national UTM operating system in production from December 2018.
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