Pablo Air relies on integrated UTM-ATM technology to demonstrate BVLOS flight in Korea

Drone logistics company Pablo Air, a member of Born2Global Centre, reports a successful 75km maritime flight which integrated a ground control system (GCS) as well as the unmanned traffic management (UTM) and the Air Traffic Management (ATM) at the K-UAM Confex demonstration event held at Incheon International Airport and Yeongjong Paradise City Hotel on the 16 November. Pablo Air is cooperating with Incheon International Airport Corporation through the K-drone system demonstration project of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport.

PABLO AIR’s drone took off from Songdo, Incheon, circled Jawoldo Island, about 30km away, flying 75km round trip to return in the opening ceremony. The drone entered the sea, transmitted and received over RF modem and LTE communication. It remained stable in connection with the control system during flight using its triple communication technology, including satellite communication, even in maritime and island areas outside LTE coverage.

Pablo Air’s PAMNet also was involved in the integration of Incheon International Airport Corporation’s monitoring system ARTS and K-drone system’s UTM to monitor the pilot flight of UAM aircraft (Germany) held at the same time. The single-seater drone taxi (500kg in weight), was equipped with a UTM and flew in the sky for about 10 minutes. It proved PAMNet’s practical capability of monitoring UAM aircraft and drones, even compatibility with the manned aircraft ATM monitoring system.

This Pablo Air’s technology guarantees safe flight of various civilian aircrafts such as manned helicopters flying at low altitude through integration with the Aviation Information Service (AIS) and is also laying the foundation for collaboration with maritime and ground mobility through integration with Vessel Traffic Service (VTS). Furthermore, it is expected to contribute to safe military operations by sharing related data with the Central Air Defense Control Center (MCRC)

PAMNet is a real-time control system without location and time limitations in unmanned mobility operations of drones, ground robots, and cars. It has already been recognized for its innovativeness by winning the AUVSI (The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International) XCELLENCE Award 2021.

Pablo Air CEO Kim Young-Joon said, “75km flight success and integration of GCS and UTM shows that it could integrate with the UAM traffic management system (UATM), which will soon be revealed. He also said, “We have taken another step toward commercialization of delivery using unmanned mobility and innovation of integrated control systems.”

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