French air navigation service provider DSNA has selected Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) service providers to take part in a nationwide, U-space pre-operational programme. The DSNA U-space Together program aims to build solutions for U-space services through a collaborative approach. In total eight partners have been designated a unique area of restricted airspace in which to deploy an Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) platform, the success of which will be appraised by DSNA during the trial period. U-space Together aims to deploy a fully operational U-space system in France by 2023.
Among DSNA partners, Altitude Angel will introduce a UTM platform to the restricted airspace around the international airport of Lyon Saint-Exupéry, the second busiest non-Parisian airport in France after Nice Airport. It services the city of Lyon, the third biggest city in France. Richard Parker, Altitude Angel, CEO and founder said: “ Working with the UTM teams at DSNA and Lyon Saint-Exupéry, we’ll open the previously restricted airspace to UAVs, which in turn will energise the local drone economy, ushering in a new and exciting era in French aviation history.”
Another company to be selected, AirMap will provide pre-operational U-space services at Nice and Cannes airports. Programme partner AirMap will deploy its UTM Center platform at Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, France’s third busiest international hub, and Cannes–Mandelieu Airport. The UTM Center enables authorities to communicate authoritative aeronautical data, airspace rules, and dynamic restrictions to UAS operators on the AirMap platform. AirMap will also provide the AirMap for Drones mobile application, fully localized for UAS operators in France to access contextual airspace information, plan flights, request airspace authorization, and get comprehensive situational awareness at every step of their operations. These functionalities are also available to third-party application developers through the AirMap Developer Platform of APIs and SDKs.
“AirMap has earned a leading position to deploy U-space projects in airspace or airport locations, which now number 12 in France,” said Antoine Martin, New ATM Services Programme Director at DSNA. “We are excited to partner with AirMap to make U-space a reality in France.”
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