Dronecloud and Frequentis partner to begin drone trials

The consortium is set to test the devices alongside air traffic control systems to help improve communications between drone operators and airside authorities  

Drone flight management software provider, Dronecloud, has been chosen by Austrian technology company, Frequentis to collaborate on the development of open standard integrations which are set to help unlock Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone flights within the UK.  

The two companies plan to work together, alongside others within the consortium, to deploy the tech firm’s unmanned traffic management solution – MosaiX UTM.  

Field trials initiated by Project Rise – the UK conglomerate that tests the reliability and safety of unmanned aircraft – are set to take place at Cranfield Airport in Bedfordshire, whereby Dronecloud will be tested in conjunction with air traffic controls (ATC).  

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“Cranfield Airport is excited to be supporting Cranfield University and other consortium members on Rise and further expropriation of utilisation with other drone and UTM systems,” said Robert Abbott, director of aviation operations at the airport. “Cranfield Airport is looking forward to trialling Dronecloud and Frequentis as part of this important research project.” 

SmartSIS – the intuitive tower application developed by Frequentis – works in close proximity to air traffic controllers and allows airspace regulations to be set fairly for all users, according to the firm. This platform also supports real-time decision making.  

Currently, the company is implementing the first UTM system at Norway’s Avinor Air Navigation Services. This is the first to be approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).  

The organisation is also presently the largest industry partner included in the Austrain AIRLabs project, which aims to build and operate test sites for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).  

Guenter Graf, Frequentis vice president of business development, believes “the key to unlocking the full potential of drones is allowing them to fly beyond the visual line of sight”.  

He added: “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.” 

The Project Rise consortium, led by Dronecloud, was inaugurated as part of the Future Flight Challenge project. Key industry partners, such as Frequentis, Sky-drones, Cranfield University and Skysports, are all included.