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Altitude Angel strikes alliance with Transport Systems Catapult to deliver UK's UTM system

We are pleased to announce that we have been selected to lead the Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) UTM project for the UK. 

The news follows our recent success in delivering ‘Operation Zenith’: the world’s first comprehensive demonstration of how drones can be flown alongside aircraft in controlled airspace and across an operational international airport. Our GuardianUTM O/S platform provided the management and control of the airspace during the demonstration, establishing the framework for a nationwide UTM solution, thus unlocking the immense value in the commercial drone industry.

Richard Parker, Founder and CEO of Altitude Angel, said “We’re delighted to be involved in this UK-focussed UTM project working closely with UK Government regulators and with the team at Transport Systems Catapult to help drive the industry forward.”

As part of the UTM project, Altitude Angel will bring its unique approach to the safe management and integration of drones into the UK’s airspace via its GuardianUTM O/S platform.

Mark Westwood, Chief Technology Officer at Transport Systems Catapult, commented “We’re extremely pleased to have Altitude Angel, global leaders in UTM, at the forefront of the development of the UK’s UTM framework. Recently demonstrating their capabilities through Operation Zenith, Altitude Angel is able to bring the technology and expertise necessary to realise Beyond Line of Sight drone operations here in the UK and help strengthen the UK’s position as world leaders in this fast-moving industry.”

Richard Parker, added “Our ability to utilise existing ATM networks and systems and blend those with the ultra-modern and emerging standards in the drone industry, coupled with our automated ‘air traffic control for drones’ technologies means that more of the skies can be opened up for commercial exploitation, especially when this technology is deployed as the foundation of a new national UTM capability.” 

Altitude Angel is ready to play the leading role in the UTM program, and with its UTM technologies, will help ensure the UK remains at the forefront of this fast-moving industry. As we look to the future, we will continue to partner with companies to develop a scalable solution that will manage the safe integration of drones into airspace across the world which will enable a flourishing drone services economy to emerge.

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.

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For further information please contact:

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

+44 (0)118 391 3503

[email protected]