UK BVLOS project selects ANRA Technologies SmartSkies UTM platform
ANRA Technologies is set to be a part of a highly innovative project with Trax International, uAvionix and Plane Finder to demonstrate Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations in non-segregated airspace in the United Kingdom.
The consortium has been awarded UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funding because the technical solution proposed by the project was considered an essential enabler for a multitude of UAS projects that would allow more effective recovery from existing and/or future Covid impacts.
Temporary Danger Areas (TDA) are currently established in the UK to provide airspace segregation between BVLOS operations and other airspace users. As demand increases, multiple TDAs pose a safety risk in terms of airspace complexity and efficiency.
The project aims to deliver a known operating environment, without the necessity for a TDA, within which all airspace users are detected and presented to the UAS operator in order to demonstrate a ‘Detect and Avoid’ capability which is as good as the ‘See and Avoid’ capability of conventional aircraft under Visual Flight Rules.
These drone technologies will be harmonised on ANRA’s UAS Traffic Management system to improve safety and enable BVLOS operations. The project will take advantage of the UK CAA’s intention to utilise 978 Mhz as a second ADS-B frequency to share surveillance and flight information data with other airspace users.
A live trial is planned to take place in 2021 in partnership with the Aviation Innovation Centre at Goodwood Aerodrome.
Integration of UAS operations into existing airspace systems presents a variety of issues and novel challenges. The predicted volume of UAS operations across both controlled and uncontrolled airspace, which could be on a scale comparable, if not greater, to that of present-day manned air traffic, compounds these challenges. UTM will extend beyond the current paradigm for manned aircraft operations, to those that promote shared situational awareness among unmanned aircraft operators. UTM will help promote safe, efficient, and equitable airspace access for all Operators, manned and unmanned