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Frequentis joins Dronecloud-led UK Project Rise consortium to trial UTM-supported BVLOS flights

Dronecloud, the drone flight management software provider, has selected Frequentis to join a consortium that will collaborate on the development of open standard integrations to help unlock Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Drone flights in the UK. Frequentis will support Dronecloud and the consortium with its vast and extensive experience in deploying its unmanned traffic management (UTM) solution – MosaiX UTM. This solution provides the air traffic control (ATC) front-end application and the Common Information Service (CIS) cloud platform during project execution.

According to a company press release:

“The intuitive tower application, smartSIS, developed by Frequentis with the strong involvement of user interface experts in close cooperation with air traffic controllers (ATCOs), allows airspace rules and restrictions to be set fairly for all airspace users. The solution provides an integrated air situation picture and supports real-time decision-making. In addition, the MosaiX UTM includes a foundation for U-space (unmanned airspace) services and the CIS function, serving as the “single source of truth” for relevant safety information to reach connected stakeholders. As part of Project Rise field trials, Cranfield Airport will be trialing Dronecloud and Frequentis’ integration in parallel with ATC.”

“The key to unlocking the full potential of drones is allowing them to fly beyond visual line of sight,” says Guenter Graf, Frequentis Vice President Business Development. “To operate under these conditions both manned aviation and drones must have access to a shared air situation picture. Together with Dronecloud and other consortium members we intend to demonstrate an Unmanned Traffic Management ecosystem, incorporating end-to-end communication and an approval process between drone operators and air traffic control authorities.”

Dronecloud is leading the Project Rise consortium, formed as part of the Future Flight Challenge project, funded by UK Research and Innovation, through the multi-billion-pound Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The consortium is composed of key industry partners, including Frequentis, Sky-drones, Cranfield University and Skyports. The project is part of an overall effort across the drone industry to integrate disparate systems at scale, to achieve safer, more reliable and auditable drone flights, even beyond the line of sight.

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