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Cranfield Becomes First Airport To Deploy Altitude Angel’s GuardianUTM Enterprise Platform

Cranfield Airport Drone Management

London, UK:  Altitude Angel, the world’s leading UTM (Unified Traffic Management) technology provider, today announced Cranfield University’s global research airport in collaboration with Cranfield Airport Operations Limited, is the first aerodrome to deploy its next-generation airspace management solution - GuardianUTM Enterprise into service.

Launched in March, GuardianUTM Enterprise is an intuitive, cost-effective platform which has been developed to support regional and local airports and airfields.

GuardianUTM Enterprise will provide Cranfield with a combined view of the airspace in the vicinity of its FRZ (flight restricted zone), enabling the airport to enhance and provide UTM Services for drone companies and drone operators, using Altitude Angel’s proven digital authorisation and flight management technology.

Cranfield is unique with its global research airport, offering 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 University 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. In December 2018, Cranfield Airport became the first airport in the UK to operate a digital air traffic control centre.

The deployment of GuardianUTM Enterprise at Cranfield Airport will allow drone operators, research institutes, students and other key stakeholders, to use Altitude Angel’s APIs and mobile and web applications to request and receive flight authorisations digitally. 

On Cranfield Airport being the first to deploy GuardianUTM Enterprise, Richard Ellis, Altitude Angel, Chief Business Officer, said: “With its reputation for both developing and deploying cutting-edge technology and operational procedures, we’re excited Cranfield Airport is the first aerodrome to have deployed GuardianUTM Enterprise to enable safe drone operations in conjunction with manned aviation.”

Robert Abbott, Director of Aviation Operations at Cranfield University, added: “Cranfield University, through its global research airport, is renowned for technological solutions in aerospace and aviation. The deployment of GuardianUTM Enterprise builds on the capability of the airport and further strengthens our offer to our clients and customers. I'm delighted that Cranfield, in partnership with Altitude Angel, is yet again at the forefront of airport technology.”

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 https://developers.altitudeangel.com.

 

For further information please contact:

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

+44 (0)118 391 3503

[email protected]