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Swiss UAS traffic management system planned

14th March 2018 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Skyguide and AirMap have joined forces to develop and deploy a national UAS traffic management system in Switzerland.

Skyguide is a Swiss air navigation service provider and AirMap is a global airspace management platform for UAS.

The new system will be the first national deployment of U-space in Europe as part of work to develop digital infrastructure that will support safe and secure access to European skies for UAS. U-space enables situational awareness, data exchange and digital communications.

During the pilot phase of the project starting in June 2018, Skyguide and AirMap plan to integrate the AirMap unmanned traffic management platform with Skyguide’s infrastructure and introduce automated flight authorisation in a single airspace environment.

The companies will also develop a roadmap for Swiss U-space that will set the stage for the deployment of a fully operational UAS traffic management system from 2019.

Swiss U-space will ensure that all categories of UAS and all types of missions can safely take place in Switzerland’s airspace. Swiss U-space will feature blockchain-based registration for users and UAS; dynamic geofencing and instant digital airspace authorisation; real-time traffic alerts for pilots and live UAS telemetry for airspace managers; connectivity and communication between UAS pilots and airspace administrators and other services to enable simultaneous flights in shared airspace.

The partnership follows the success of Skyguide’s 2017 Swiss U-space trial, the first live demonstration of U-space services in Europe.

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