Live drone tracking at Odense (DK)

Drones enter the sky safely through new technology
 
During a live demonstration at Odense, Unifly and SDU joined forces to show that drones can be managed and controlled. RPAS Services, official European partner of uAvionix, supplied a specially developed small transponder that makes the drones visible when combined with Unmanned Traffic Management software.
 
The new technology was developed by Unifly, European developer of Unmanned Traffic Management software (UTM).
 

The drones were built and flown by SDU, the University of Southern Denmark’s Center for UAS. The SDU UAS Center is located a short distance from UAS Test Center Denmark at Hans Christian Andersen Airport. SDU UAS Center maintains and operates a UAS lab at the airport for research, education, test flights, and community outreach activities.

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Who flies where?
 
The combination of the UTM platform with the trackers also makes it possible to determine who is flying and whether they should be there. Ronni Winkler Østergaard of Unifly: "Our technology is in line with the European U-space initiative that allows for more intensive drone traffic and automatic drone operations, and opens the door to a European drone service market."
 
Managing laws and regulations
The fully developed UTM platform has a very welcome additional feature on board: it can handle the complex and dynamic European regulations. "Including laws and regulations at national and local level," says Ronni. "Authorities can visualize and manage drone flights, and also declare no-drone zones. "Drone operators can register drone pilots and drones, and they can plan and confirm flights proactively to ensure that these flights do not violate national or local rules. "
 
TUS Nordics in Odense, Denmark
 
TUS Nordics is the largest Unmanned Systems conference, expo and demo in Northern Europe. Supported by the University of Southern Denmark, UAS Denmark, UAS Test Center Denmark and other Nordic associations, the conference will feature high quality speakers from around the world.
 
The purpose of the demo was to show the airspace regulators and executive services what techniques and interactions are possible to make drones electronically visible to traffic management and other airspace users.