Airwayz partners with NLR to accelerate drone U-space adoption across Europe

Drone services company Airwayz is collaborating with Netherland Aerospace Centre (NLR) to support the development of the drone industry across Europe. The partnership will see Airwayz and NLR combine efforts to perform trials together, research best practice, accelerate research and development, and – where appropriate – respond to industry RFPs (Requests for Proposals) together.

According to the press release, NLR’s expertise in Air Traffic Management (ATM) combined with Airwayz’ Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) system provides a framework for U-Spaces, supporting their roll-out across Europe and expansion in Urban Air Mobility (UAM) schemes.

Airwayz and NLR already cooperate on multiple projects for Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs). Additionally, both Airwayz and NLR are active at the Port of Rotterdam, with Airwayz spearheading the creation of U-space across the port for commercial drone services to flourish.

NLR is an independent research centre for the aerospace industry. Airwayz’ UTM/USSP software monitors and coordinates fleets of drones in real time, using proprietary artificial intelligence to ensure safe and efficient commercial drone activities.

“The collaboration of Airwayz and NLR offers us the possibility to deliver a unique product for U-space Service Providers and Air Navigation Service Providers worldwide,” states Henk van Dijk, NLR Vice President Aerospace Operations. “At this moment many companies work hard on drone, U-space and UAM services offering an added value next to current ATM users. That means we need to prepare ourselves to facilitate the UTM, UAM and ATM users flying in the same airspace in a safe and efficient manner. Therefore, it’s good to know that NLR and Airwayz both have a lot of expertise and knowledge about this challenging concept. Next to this, the NARSIM facility – NLR’s Real-Time ATM simulator – provides an excellent way to develop, evaluate and validate this integration.”

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