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Astra UTM, Everis and ITG launch urban UTM Hera Drone Hub test-bed in Zaragoza

Astra UTM has delivered a showcase of simultaneous drone flights being tracked in real-time at the launch of the HERA Drone Hub in the City of Zaragoza, Spain. The Drone Hub has trialled four drone operations monitored and managed with the Astra UTM system in urban segregated space – simulating an urban multi use-case scenario. The demonstration was coordinated by Everis through the Astra UTM (Unmanned Traffic Management) platform, integrated with the AIRUS services of Everis and Instituto Tecnológico de Galicia.

According to a press release from Astra UTM:

“The inauguration aims to establish Zaragoza as the first and the only city in Europe to authorize a space for testing, experimentation and training of drones in an urban environment with a strategic focus on the future of mobility and advanced aerial mobility.”

“Zaragoza wants to be the European reference city for advanced mobility. The mobility of the future will be connected and autonomous, terrestrial and air, and that is why we have been working from the Public Services Area of the City Council so that Zaragoza is a reference in this sector. We are strongly committed to the future and the future is already here, in the form of urban air mobility. And we are doing it with facts,” said the mayor of Zaragoza, Jorge Azcón, at the inauguration today of Hera Drone Hub.

The Zaragoza City Council will host flight tests of the European FLYING FORWARD project, selected in the call for the H2020 program “Towards sustainable urban air mobility”. On its launch,. According to Ayhan Kamil, Chief Commercial Officer at Astra UTM, “We believe that city councils and municipalities are starting to recognize the potential economical advantages that UTM and UAM readiness can bring about – and as a result we are seeing an uptake in the interest and commitment to UTM from the relevant stakeholders – eventually UTM benefits both the operators and the airspace managers. We are excited about the integration with Everis AIRUS services, which demonstrates the capability of our platform to cater to varied regulatory framework architectures.”

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