Cranfield Airport To Deploy Altitude Angel’s GuardianUTM Platform

Jun 26 2020

Posted by Altitude Angel Announcement, Partnership

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London, UK:  Altitude Angel today announced it is to deploy its market leading UTM technology platform at Cranfield Global Research Airport in collaboration with Cranfield Airport Operations Limited, enabling evaluation of GuardianUTM in a rich traffic environment including research institutes, students and private enterprises.

Cranfield is unique in its global research airport offers an environment for transformational research into the aerospace sector. As one of the few universities in the world with its own airport and Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), Cranfield is at the forefront of aerospace and aviation technology, working to address the challenges of digital aviation and rethink the airports, airlines, airspace management and aircraft of the future.

The joint initiative will see Altitude Angel deploy its GuardianUTM O/S into the digital tower at Cranfield Airport, allowing research institutes, students and other key stakeholders, to interface via Altitude Angel’s APIs and request flight authorisations digitally. 

David Walters, Altitude Angel, Head of Strategic Programmes, said: “Cranfield Global Research Airport is one of the institutions leading the world in the development of unmanned aerial vehicles, so combined with Altitude Angel’s world leading GuardianUTM platform, we’ll be able to demonstrate how routine drone operations can be safely and securely carried out within a real-life airport environment.”

Robert Abbott, Cranfield Airport, Director of Aviation Operations, added: “In Altitude Angel Cranfield Airport can partner with the provider of a leading UTM platform in order to evaluate a system in a unique and traffic rich airspace environment. In harmony with the capability the Remote Tower gives us, Guardian UTM is an ideal and vital information tool as we support research on behalf of the University and its partners.”


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.

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For further information please contact:

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

+44 (0)118 391 3503