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Altitude Angel selected by UK's Civil Aviation Authority as an Innovation Partner

Today, we're announcing that we're one of just six companies that the UK's Civil Aviation Authority has selected to join its "Innovation Sandbox", a 'virtual space in which new technology can be safely tested'.

The Sandbox extends to Altitude Angel the ability to continue to establish groundbreaking new trials and test emerging concepts, building on the success of last year's Operation Zenith drone integration trial at Manchester Airport.

Altitude Angel is in great company. Five other firms have also been invited to join The Sandbox:

  • Amazon - a future delivery system from Amazon designed to safely get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles.
  • NATS and Searidge Technologies - air traffic control body NATS and its digital tower partner, Searidge Technologies, are working to implement new technology such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and digital air traffic control towers.
  • NBEC Consortium* - Cranfield University and its partners, Blue Bear Systems Research, Thales and Vodafone are creating an experimentation corridor that will enable drones and unmanned aircraft fly beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) by having their locations tracked and thus safely fly in the same airspace as manned aircraft.
  • Nesta Challenges - the Flying High Challenge, part of Nesta Challenges, is a collaborative engagement with cities, technologists, researchers, regulators, government, public services and the public to shape the future of urban drone use in the UK.
  • Volocopter - a company developing electrically powered urban air taxis (#eVTOLs) - based on drone technology - to help modern cities solve their increasing mobility issues.

In joining The Sandbox, we will continue our work to safely enable the integration of drones into the UK's skies so that businesses can fully realise the potential offered by automated flight, and social causes and humanitarian uses of drones can fully take flight.

We look forward to working with the Civil Aviation Authority on it's 'innovation journey' and will make further announcements later this year.

Read the CAA's Press Release here.

Altitude Angel

Altitude Angel

Altitude Angel is is the world’s leading provider of UTM (Unmanned Traffic Management) software, enabling those planning to operate, or develop UTM/U-Space solutions, to quickly integrate robust data and services with minimum effort.

From a consistent, well-documented and standards-based platform, drone manufacturers such as DJI and cutting-edge software developers around the world use our Developer Platform to obtain rich, relevant and local geofencing data, exchange and share flight plans, de-conflict their own flights in real-time and interface with national flight authorisation systems. A growing portfolio of enhanced capabilities help our customers to comply with current and future regulations and interface with changing national systems with only minimal effort.

Altitude Angel’s first party solutions also power some of the world’s leading ANSPs, aviation authorities and Enterprises, including LVNL (Netherlands) and Avinor (Norway), empowering them with new capabilities to safely manage and integrate drone traffic into national operations.

Today, Altitude Angel’s market-defining technology is providing a critical, enabling service on which the future of UTM, especially in controlled airspace, will be built across the globe.

By unlocking the potential of drones and helping national aviation authorities, ANSPs, developers and enterprise organisations, Altitude Angel is establishing new services to support the growth in the drone industry.

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

Altitude Angel’s developer platform is open and available to all at


For further information please contact:

Stephen Farmer, Altitude Angel, Head of Corporate Communications & PR

+44 (0)118 391 3503

[email protected]