Posts by Ellen Malfliet

Jun 14, 2019

Unifly supports 7 simultaneous UTM demonstrations across Europe

Great organisations rise when faced with a challenge.  And what a challenging week it was!

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Jun 14, 2019

Taiwan tests Terra Drone and Unifly's drone traffic management system

Terra Drone Corporation, one of the world’s largest providers of industrial drone solutions, has successfully demonstrated to Taiwanese government officials an unmanned traffic management (UTM) system developed jointly with Unifly, a leading drone traffic management provider from Europe and a portfolio company of Terra Drone.

The test run of the UTM was conducted at Fukushima Robot Test Field in Japan in the presence of more than a dozen officials from Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of the Interior, Industrial Technology Research Institute, National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, and Taiwan Association of Information and Communication Standards. Several leading private companies, such as Drone Dynamics and C-Link Technology, were also a part of the delegation.

The demonstration showcased how real-time tracking and controlling of multiple drones could help to bridge the gap between manned and unmanned airspace and ensure safe drone operations for all. A brief outline of the demonstration is illustrated in the image below:

As industrial drone solutions gather steam in the Asia-Pacific region, many countries are quickly realizing the importance of having a robust UTM system in place. Taiwan also understands that poorly-handled drone operations can lead to severe economic losses. In December 2018, drone intrusions caused hundreds of flight cancellations at the United Kingdom’s Gatwick Airport, while a drone loaded with explosives led to a fire in Saudi Arabia’s national oil facility last month.

Yosuke Kaneko, Head of UTM at Terra Drone, said, “The Taiwanese government realizes how important UTM is for safe and efficient drone operations, and is exploring the possibility of deploying our UTM system in the country. In the future, no country will allow drone operations without knowing who is flying the drone and where.”

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May 10, 2019

Unifly in top three 'hottest' European scale-ups at TNW Conference 2019

Unifly has been named as one of Europe’s top scale-ups as part of the ‘Tech5’ Awards at TNW Conference 2019, alongside Too Good to Go (Denmark) and Unbabel (Portugal).

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Apr 29, 2019

Fortem Technologies and Unifly Collaborate to Keep Airspace Safe and Secure in a Drone-Enabled World

PLEASANT GROVE, UT - April 29, 2019 - Fortem Technologies, Inc., the leader in airspace awareness, safety and security for a drone world, and Unifly, a leading unmanned traffic management (UTM) provider, announced they will collaborate to develop a joint airspace safety and security solution for a drone-enabled society. This new end-to-end solution will allow UTM and U-space architectures to be used by public safety officers, military groups and other government agencies to secure airspace around critical infrastructure, airports, stadiums, public venues and more.

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Mar 12, 2019

Unifly launches e-Identification and tracking for drones

At the World ATM Congress in Madrid Unifly presented an e-Identification and tracking solution for drones. The device works in a completely independent fashion, with its own power source and sensors for position, altitude, temperature, pressure, speed and direction. As soon as the pilot attaches it to a drone, it is ready for use.

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Feb 27, 2019

Unifly partners with State of Nevada Test Site for Milestone FAA UTM Pilot Program

New York, NY - The UTM Pilot Program (UPP) is an initiative jointly led by the FAA and NASA. In January 2019, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced the selection of the service entities that will develop and demonstrate technology to manage the airspace for the safe deployment of drones in the US National Airspace System (NAS).

For the FAA, the UPP’s primary goal is twofold: on the one hand, to gather data that can be used for future rulemakings; on the other hand, to develop, demonstrate, and provide enterprise services that will support the implementation of initial UTM operations. In this way, the UTM Pilot Program bridges the research activities and operational deployment of future UTM capabilities.

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Feb 13, 2019

Unifly partners with Terra Drone India to support UTM in India

Unifly and Terra Drone India collaborate to support drone traffic management in India. Belgium-based Unifly, a leader in Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM), is entering the India market through a partnership with Terra Drone India.

Antwerp, Belgium – February 13, 2019 – Unifly NV, the leading drone traffic management provider, has entered into an agreement with Terra Drone India Pvt. Ltd., an end-to-end drone solutions provider, to facilitate the safe integration of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into the Indian airspace.

Unifly’s highly-automated air traffic management system combines technologies like flight planning, airspace approval, live tracking of UAS, and dynamic situational awareness, to handle a large number of drones flying in the most challenging environments. These are the capabilities that India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Civil Aviation require to actualize Digital Sky Platform, the most advanced drone control platform in the world.

As an authorized reseller of Unifly’s UTM solutions in India, Terra Drone India will work actively with India’s central and state governments, aviation bodies, and other related authorities to apprise them with Unifly’s solutions and help them develop and improve drone traffic management in India.

Why this is important
With more and more countries refining drone regulations, effective Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) has become a pressing issue for many nations. In December 2018, the United Kingdom’s second largest airport, Gatwick, had to shut down three times in three days because of suspected drone sightings in the area. In January 2019, flights in and out of New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport were disrupted due to reports of a drone flying in sensitive airspace nearby.

India has recently announced a draft framework (Civil Aviation Regulations 2.0) to pave the way for commercial drone operations and drone deliveries in the country. This draft policy also recognizes the need for a robust UTM system to enable beyond visual line of sight missions (BVLOS).

At Global Aviation Summit 2019, where this policy framework was made public, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha, said, “Our priority is to make India a world leader in the drone ecosystem. As we prepare to cross the thresholds of BVLOS, payloads, and automation, we need an extremely sophisticated air traffic management. If there are thousands of drones in the sky, we should be able to find out exactly where each drone is, and seize control if needed.”

Unifly’s UTM solution does just that by visualizing and managing drone traffic in real-time, while its unique software applications facilitate UAV traffic in very-low-altitude airspace. The Belgium-based company is already collaborating with the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) in the United States to improve theirUTM,and providing enhanced drone traffic management capabilities for UAS test sites in New York. In Japan, Unifly has joined hands with Hitachi to co-develop a UTM system for the country. Meanwhile, DFS, the company in charge of air traffic control for Germany, has decided to become an important shareholder in Unifly after working on its software for two years.

“With the new government policies, the commercial drone market in India is poised to grow significantly. But that would only be possible by regulating the new wave of drones and creating a safe flying environment for all. Unifly’s Unmanned Traffic Management system can facilitate this process by bringing the world’sbest tried and tested technologies to the Indian airspace,” said Marc Kegelaers, CEO of Unifly.
“To enable both manned and unmanned aircraftto share the skies safely, India requires a reliable UAS traffic management solution. With partnerships in the US, Germany, and Japan, Unifly has already proven that its software and technologies can address the most complex UTM challenges successfully. We are proud to be associated with Unifly as their authorized reseller in India,” said Prateek Srivastava, CEO, Terra Drone India.
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Jan 31, 2019

NUAIR Griffis Symposium

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Jan 14, 2019

CORUS validates ConOps in 3rd workshop - open invitation

 

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Jan 1, 2019

With Drone Delivery on Horizon, Europe Prepares Ground Rules

Two years after Amazon completed its first delivery by commercial drone, the idea of routinely using unmanned devices to drop off items at front doors remains a distant, if not far-fetched, dream. The recent shutdown of London’s Gatwick Airport, caused by sightings of drones near the runway, underscored the risks and complexities of the efforts.

But as e-commerce continues to grow, drones have the potential to reduce the time, cost and energy needed for many everyday deliveries — assuming they are managed well and used safely.

Before a commercial drone industry can thrive, particularly in the crowded urban areas of Europe, different kinds of drones must be able to fly along their delivery routes without crashing into one another — and under a standardized set of regulations, experts say — not unlike cars on the road.

The path to proving that drones can operate together and be tracked in crowded skies has brought a group of companies to a former military airfield outside Brussels, where they will test their unmanned aviation technology. The project, known as Safir, will help the European authorities devise a set of rules for the commercial use of drones.

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