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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’s best tried and tested technologies to the Indian airspace,” said Marc Kegelaers, CEO of Unifly.

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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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Dec 21, 2018

DFS invests in Unifly

Belgium, 22 December 2018 - Unifly, the leading drone traffic management provider, has raised a total of 14,6 mio Euro ( 16,8 mio US$  ) in a B-round, bringing the total invested capital so far to 21 mio Euro ( 26,5 mio US$ ) .

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Nov 20, 2018

Unifly nominated for CANSO Global Safety Achievement Award

CANSO has announced the nominees for the CANSO Global Safety Achievement Award 2018. The award is given to a company or team that has made a significant contribution to reducing aviation risk in the past 12 months. 

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Oct 29, 2018

SAFIR consortium chosen to carry out U-space drone demonstrations in Belgium

The SAFIR consortium, a group of 13 public and private organisations, has been selected by Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) to demonstrate integrated Drone Traffic Management for a broad range of drone operations in Belgium. The goal of the SAFIR project is to contribute to the EU regulatory process for drones and drive forward the deployment of interoperable, harmonised and standardised drone services across Europe.
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Oct 5, 2018

Unifly and Terra Drone co-develop UTM system with Hitachi 

Translated by Unifly and Terra Drone, read the original article here: http://www.hitachi.co.jp/New/cnews/month/2018/10/1002.html

Hitachi has launched a drone platform solution expanding their existing infrastructure inspection services portfolio with an AI assisted, drone-based service.

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Oct 2, 2018

Unifly certified by FAA to offer LAANC service

LAANC is the Low-Altitude Authorization & Notification Capability. This service automates the application and approval process for UAS pilots wishing to get access to controlled airspace near airports under Part 107, through near real-time processing of airspace authorizations below approved altitudes in controlled airspace.

If approved, pilots now receive their authorization in near-real time, compared to periods up to 60 or even 90 days for the manual process. Since September 2018, LAANC is available at nearly 300 air traffic facilities covering approximately 500 airports in the United States. The complete list of facilities taking part in LAANC is available here.

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Sep 21, 2018

Governor Cuomo Announces Successful Expansion of Drone Industry in NY

Agreements with Six Innovative UAS Companies Will Create Nearly 200 New Jobs and $40 Million in Private Investment

Funding Announced for Rounds Four and Five of GENIUS NY Accelerator

Investment is Centerpiece of "CNY Rising" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

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