UTM company Heron AirBridge has announced a strategic partnership with King’s Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), a major research and educational institution based in Bangkok, Thailand. The new partnership aims to spearhead the research and development of UTM concepts and technologies in Thailand.
“Over the past decade, significant progress has been made in developing and integrating Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) in North America and Europe,” says Heron Airbridge. “But in Asia Pacific, the adoption of unmanned aircraft has been relatively slow, especially in Southeast Asia. Thailand, for instance, has yet to take on that project despite operating some of the busiest international airports in the region and facing serious airspace congestion issues. It is anticipated that massive potential exists for AAM in this market.
“To accelerate the deployment of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in Thailand, Heron AirBridge will collaborate with KMITL’s International Academy of Aviation Industry (IAA) to build up the local Thai expertise and capabilities required for the development of UAS traffic management (UTM) concepts, technologies and services.”
“Under the agreement, the partnership will introduce and promote UTM services, operational concepts and workflows tailored to Thailand’s unique needs,” continued the press release. “It will highlight the benefits that AAM can bring to different industries, such as logistics, emergency services, agriculture, forestry and energy, to name a few. The long-term goal is to establish a baseline UTM system that can be further customised according to the country’s future requirements.”
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Heron AirBridge expands footprint in Thailand with new KMITL partnership