Spirent Communications joins OneSky Future of Flight programme

Navigation specialist Spirent Communications has signed on to be a member of the OneSky Future of Flight programme, and aims to bring enhanced navigation performance and availability to Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS).

According to the press release, “reliable navigation using GPS/GNSS is essential for safe navigation, airspace management, and surveillance. Spirent’s GNSS Foresight services enable UAS operators to predict and quantify GPS performance based on precise orbital data, terrain, and 3D city models to enable BVLOS flight even in challenging suburban/urban environments. Knowing exactly when and where GPS/GNSS will meet the safety of flight requirements is essential for determining vertiport locations, flight corridors, and complying with regulatory operational requirements.

“The OneSky Future of Flight program aims to help ecosystem partners like Spirent successfully navigate the challenges of integrating technology with air traffic management solutions. OneSky and Spirent will combine their technology and resources to create an API integration of Spirent’s precise GNSS forecasts with OneSky’s airspace management system. The integrated technology will enhance flight safety.

Ted Driver, Head of Analytics, OneSky said: “GNSS coverage is a given these days, but in challenging urban environments, that can change rapidly. UAVs must know their position at all times, and understanding GNSS coverage gaps are essential to making safe flight decisions. The Spirent team are experts in global navigation, and their Foresight product greatly enhances the operator’s navigation assessment capabilities in our UTM.”

Jeremy Bennington, VP of PNT Assurance, Spirent Communications said: “As UAS operations increasingly operate near buildings and terrain, operators are required to determine the impacts on GPS. Integrating that data into flight planning and operation in easy-to-understand ways is essential for the industry to scale.”

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