Launch UTM Development for AAM Targeting Global Markets

Unifly, Terra Drone, and Aloft Technologies Start Building a New Global Infrastructure in the Sky: UAS Traffic Management (UTM) for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)

The world’s first collaboration by multiple UTM leaders aims to enable eVTOLs to take off around the globe

Antwerp, April 25, 2024 – Unifly, a key player in the Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) technology landscape, is proud to announce its collaboration with Terra Drone Corporation and Aloft Technologies Inc. in the development of a global UAS Traffic Management (UTM) infrastructure that kickstarts the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) industry worldwide.

This partnership marks the first collaboration among multiple UTM leaders, pooling together expertise from Unifly, Aloft and Terra Drone. Anchored by Terra Drone’s strategic investments in Unifly and Aloft, this partnership represents a significant milestone in the evolution of UTM for AAM, bringing together leading expertise from multiple industry leaders. 

As a group, the three companies are driven by a shared vision: to ensure the safe and efficient coexistence of aircraft, drones, and electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in daily life. Central to the common mission is the recognition of the indispensable role of UTM. By leveraging their profound expertise and extensive track records in UTM across diverse regions, this alliance represents a unified effort to establish a global standard for UTM in AAM worldwide.

The announcement unveiled at the prestigious XPONENTIAL 2024 expo in San Diego, showcases the commitment of the three companies to advancing UTM technologies for the future of aerial transportation.

Terra Drone, Unifly, and Aloft are embarking on this joint business development to seize the opportunities presented by the rapid global progress in eVTOLs, which are poised to revolutionise transportation. According to research by Morgan Stanley, the Urban Air Mobility (UAM), part of the AAM market is expected to grow to $1 trillion by 2040 and $9 trillion by 2050. As eVTOLs capture worldwide imagination through test flights and prototype showcases, this collaboration aims to seize the momentum and spearhead UTM evolution to align with the needs of the AAM sector.

Recognizing the evolving needs of the AAM industry and in anticipation of the upcoming surge in eVTOL aircraft and drone activities, the companies proudly announce initiatives aimed at enhancing their existing UTM platforms. With a focus on automation, the platforms currently offer advanced planning features and sophisticated Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) parsing capabilities. These strategic initiatives entail incorporating additional functionalities crucial for the sector’s growth while fortifying their platforms with enhanced automation. By streamlining operational efficiencies and integrating sophisticated UTM technology into the design and operation framework of AAM, the partners aim to set new standards in UTM and to facilitate the seamless integration of eVTOLs and drones into the national airspace, bolstering the potential for the AAM industry.

In pursuit of this vision, Unifly, Terra Drone, and Aloft are actively seeking collaboration with a broad array of partners, including eVTOL manufacturers, eVTOL operators, vertiport operators, aviation authorities, air navigation service providers (ANSPs), and urban planners to seamlessly integrate AAM into city infrastructures, and educational institutions for research and development. By forging strategic partnerships across these diverse sectors, the partners seek to create a cohesive ecosystem that not only supports the growth of AAM but also addresses the broader challenges of urban mobility, sustainability, and air traffic safety.

About Unifly

Unifly is a leading aviation tech company dedicated to enhancing the safety and efficiency of autonomous aviation with cutting-edge technology. The Unifly platform acts as a crucial bridge within the UAS ecosystem, enabling the safe and secure integration of next-generation aircraft into the airspace. By digitizing and automating traffic management and integrating seamlessly with drones and Urban Air Mobility (UAM), Unifly addresses the exponential growth in air traffic expected in the coming decades. The company has a proven track record of implementing more than ten commercial UTM deployments, establishing it as a world leader in this industry.

About Aloft

Aloft Technologies, Inc., founded in 2015, is at the forefront of drone fleet and airspace management. Powering over two thirds of all drone airspace authorizations in the United States, Aloft is the #1 FAA-approved LAANC UAS Service Supplier (USS). Aloft’s patented dynamic airspace platform is integral to the Aloft UTM which has, to date, powered over 1 million airspace authorizations. Aloft’s diverse user base spans recreational, commercial, government, law enforcement, and advanced air mobility sectors. Air Aware is the latest edition to Aloft’s UTM platform that also includes Air Control for advanced fleet, team, and airspace management, and Geo for public safety and other verified agencies to publish safety and compliance information directly onto the Aloft airspace maps.
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About Terra Drone

Terra Drone is a pioneering drone and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) technology company headquartered in Japan. With the mission to “Unlock X Dimensions” and create a prosperous future by “crossing” bridges, Terra Drone integrates diverse fields to foster innovation and find solutions. The company’s proprietary, patented technologies in drones, sensors, and software are the foundation of its specialized solutions that range from surveying and inspections to pesticide spraying and are revolutionizing key industries including oil and gas, construction and engineering, chemicals, electricity, and agriculture on a global scale.

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