Altitude Angel Joins FOCA

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Altitude Angel, the world’s foremost unmanned traffic management (UTM) provider, is to join the Swiss civil aviation authority (FOCA) development programme to establish a U-Space regulatory framework.

FOCA established the Swiss U-Space Implementation (SUSI) platform and invited businesses from across the globe to help advance its understanding and regulatory model around the integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the airspace. Skyguide, the Swiss ANSP, is commissioned to implement the applicable legislation and to develop and implement the FIMS (flight information management system). Skyguide will provide different FIMS functionalities and interfaces over time in accordance to the overall SUSI project.

Altitude Angel will participate in SUSI in three of the defined categories where it is a recognised global leader and authority, namely:

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  • U-Space Service Providers
  • Supplemental Data Service Providers
  • Technology Providers

In joining the SUSI project, Richard Parker, Altitude Angel, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, said:

“Altitude Angel is very happy to see the bold and positive initiative being taken by Swiss FOCA and Skyguide to further the advancement of the integration of UAS into the airspace, on top of the leading efforts being undertaken to develop the regulatory models and requirements globally.  The development of an open, competitive marketplace is key. We’re very much looking forward to working closely with the team at FOCA and Skyguide to develop open, safe, reliable, and innovative solutions for its UTM platform.”

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SUSI is just one of a number of projects globally Altitude Angel is engaged with which look to address this subject, from leadership roles at EUROCAE within Working Group 105 and GUTMA, to active participation in ICAO RPAS Panel and S-UAS Advisory Groups, the European Commission, EASA, Eurocontrol, SESAR JU and national activities.

Altitude Angel work with drone manufacturers, air navigation service providers (ANSPs, the organisations and public bodies which manage controlled airspace) as well as businesses and organisations – which manage large infrastructures across numerous industries – to provide solutions which will allow the safe integration of automated drones into airspace.

Through its Airspace Management platform, GuardianUTM O/S, it delivers the essential software platform which enable national deployments of U-Space compatible services, safely unlocking the potential of drones and helping national aviation authorities and ANSPs to establish new services to support growth in the drone industry. 

About Altitude Angel: 

Altitude Angel was founded by Richard Parker in 2014 and is headquartered in Reading, UK. 

About GuardianUTM: 

GuardianUTM enables drone manufacturers and software developers to connect into a rich, dynamic source of accurate, authoritative and relevant information to support geofencing, while offering enhanced UTM capabilities such as a single interface to multi-country flight authorisation. 

The system is being deployed by NATS, the UK’s main air navigation service provider, and was demonstrated as part of ‘Operation Zenith’ in 2018, offering enhanced airport safeguarding and automated approvals to fly in controlled airspace. Altitude Angel is now bringing online functionality to enable drone pilots anywhere in the world to get 1-click access to controlled airspace. 

It’s companion product, GuardianUTM O/S, supports all the functionality required to deliver national-grade drone traffic management capabilities to any country that wishes to safely unlock the potential of drones. 


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