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World's most popular open-source drone control app now connected to global UTM system

A drone data platform company and the world’s most popular drone control app have just partnered, connecting over a million drones to a global drone management platform. Mission Planner, created by Michael Oborne and the ArduPilot Developer team, now enables its users to more easily find the safest places to fly their drones, discover hazards and plot the best routes through a real-time connection to the world’s first drone services platform. 

Altitude Angel’s GuardianUTM system is now integrated into the planning and operation screens for Mission Planner

Now, drone pilots using the app will have access to real-time situation data that will help them conduct safer flights and it’s just the first step in a series of enhancements lined up, designed to improve the safety of drone operations over real-time data links.

“We’re excited to bring to our community of commercial and hobbyist pilots the best aeronautical, safety and operating data available,” says Craig Elder, Community Manager at ArduPilot and Co-Founder of the ArduPilot Initiative, a company dedicated to the commercial support of ArduPilot. “With this update, Mission Planner becomes integrated with Altitude Angel’s GuardianUTM platform and all our pilots will now have access to data which helps keep them safe, and reduces the risk of conflicts in the airspace. They can even see other drone flights taking place and hazards on the ground”.

GuardianUTM is fast evolving as a standard for information exchange in the emerging drone sector, providing practical solutions to safely integrate drones into our skies while unlocking their true potential.

“Over the coming months, we’ll be adding further capabilities of the GuardianUTM platform to Mission Planner”, says Neil Kidd, CTO at Altitude Angel. “These will include enabling Mission Planner users to get real-time alerts about nearby manned aviation, manage and file flight plans and obtain operational risk assessments, all without leaving the app” he continues.

Altitude Angel is on a mission to deliver harmony in our skies, creating solutions that enable the safe adoption and use of drones through its global airspace management platform.


About the AruduPilot Initiative

The ArduPilot Initiative was formed to provide tailored services to professional and commercial users of ArduPilot.  Services cover anything ArduPilot related from troubleshooting logs, adding new features, integrating new sensors/payloads, developing hardware to work with ArduPilot, and tuning assistance.  The ArduPilot Initiative has a deep bench of lead and core developers available to field the right team for your custom needs.

Altitude Angel

Altitude Angel

Altitude Angel is an award-winning provider of UTM (Unified 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.

In 2021 Altitude Angel won a prestigious Air Traffic Management (ATM) Magazine Award in the ‘UTM Service Suppliers’ category, which recognises pioneering technologies and procedures developed by UTM service suppliers to advance safety and complex operations, for its Pop-Up UTM platform.  Read more about the awards here.

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]