London, UK: Altitude Angel, the world’s foremost unmanned traffic management (UTM) provider, and Pierce Aerospace, the U.S. based remote identification system supplier, has agreed to form an alliance with the goal to bring automated drone flight a step closer.
Capitalising on the two businesses core strengths, the partnership will explore the opportunities surrounding the integration of Altitude Angel’s market-leading UTM technology and Pierce Aerospace’s Flight Portal ID secure authentication system.
Philip Binks, Altitude Angel, Head of ATM, said: “Altitude Angel and Pierce Aerospace share many of the same values; innovative, pioneering and determined. Our collaboration with Pierce Aerospace has great potential, not only for our businesses but also the wider UTM industry. The meeting of our two market-leading and cutting-edge technologies will look to help realise and implement safe, automated drone and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flight.
“In addition, the collaboration will give Altitude Angel a further foothold in the North American market and to help Pierce Aerospace gain a foothold in Europe. I’m very much looking forward to working with Aaron and his team to make amazing things happen.”
Aaron Pierce, Pierce Aerospace, CEO added: “Pierce Aerospace is thrilled to be working with Altitude Angel. Integrating our remote ID functionality with Altitude Angel’s GuardianUTM platform can make BVLOS (beyond visual line of sight) flights an everyday occurrence. Pierce Aerospace and Altitude Angel have all the components needed to make this a very successful collaboration.”
GuardianUTM enables drone manufacturers and software developers to connect into a rich, dynamic source of accurate, authoritative and relevant information to support geofencing, while offering enhanced UTM capabilities such as a single interface to multi-country flight authorisation.
The system is being deployed by NATS, the UK’s main air navigation service provider, and was demonstrated as part of ‘Operation Zenith’ in 2018, offering enhanced airport safeguarding and automated approvals to fly in controlled airspace.
Altitude Angel is now bringing online functionality to enable drone pilots anywhere in the world to get 1-click access to controlled airspace. Its companion product, GuardianUTM O/S, supports all the functionality required to deliver national-grade drone traffic management capabilities to any country that wishes to safely unlock the potential of drones.
About Pierce Aerospace:
Pierce Aerospace is a Remote ID UAS Service Supplier (RID-USS) focused on practical and robust integration of Remote ID services into the UAS ecosystem. As an industry leader, Pierce Aerospace serves on the Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team, ASTM F38 UAS Remote ID Committee, and the FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee Task Groups for Remote ID and Waivers. Funds from the US Air Force and the State of Indiana support the development of Pierce Aerospace’s Flight Portal ID suite of Remote ID technologies.
Flight Portal ID was nominated as Indiana’s Innovation of the Year by Techpoint and was awarded first place in Remote ID technology by AUVSI’s Xcellence’s Awards. Pierce Aerospace is headquartered in Indianapolis, IN, The Racing Capital of the World.