AirMap, Project Wing “demonstrate NASA UTM TCL3 de-confliction capabilities”

AirMap and Project Wing report they have successfully demonstrated a solution to safety-critical airspace deconfliction challenges as part of the ongoing NASA-UTM trials.

As a UAS Service Supplier (USS), AirMap has participated in past trials to successfully demonstrate NASA-UTM capabilities, including geo-fencing, rule-based situational awareness, flight planning, airspace conflict resolution, notice and authorization, real-time telemetry, contingency management, and remote airspace management for a variety of BVLOS flight simulations.

This week, AirMap joined Project Wing and ANRA technologies to test TCL3 concepts, including failover recovery, remote identification, dynamic weather conditions, contingency planning, and USS-to-USS communication for multiple drone operations.

According to AirMap: “During the trial, AirMap provided UTM services to a senseFly eBee and an Intel Aero, while Project Wing powered separate Intel Aeros, a DJI Inspire, and their own delivery drone. AirMap and Project Wing UTM systems successfully planned and de-conflicted flight plans within the same airspace using an open source, distributed, peer-to-peer system to perform a multitude of missions, including surveys and package delivery in close proximity. Throughout the flights, AirMap and Project Wing UTM systems demonstrated inter-USS communication such as real-time telemetry and notifications to ensure compliance and safety across the entire multi-USS UTM environment.

“Inter-USS communication is among the most technically challenging capabilities demonstrated in TCL3,” said AirMap. “At scale, drones will be operating simultaneously in a wide variety of commercial applications like search-and-rescue, industrial inspection, and logistics. In these applications, drones will be operating in shared dimensions, connected to a variety of USS platforms. These USS platforms need to be able to talk to each other to manage drone traffic safely and efficiently in congested airspace. The technology demonstrated in TCL3 serves as a foundation for information exchange between USSs to enable a cooperative and scalable low-altitude airspace system.”

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