ASTRA UTM and AirMarket to further enhance UTM collaboration

With the final selection of their group to conduct the RTM*​ Trials in Canada under the supervision of Transport Canada and NAV Canada, ASTRA UTM and Airmarket have announced the next phase of their ongoing UTM collaboration whereby ASTRA UTM’s
world-leading platform will be at the core of the Airmarket’s envisioned UTM architecture for the BVLOS trials.

Starting in a 425 km corridor in Northern Alberta, the partners will be conducting Cellular-enabled UTM and Sensing Data Services in conjunction with Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada (PTAC) and one of North America’s leading energy
infrastructure companies. The trial aims to generate data and experience that will be used by Transport Canada in the development of regulations for BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) drone operations and the delivery of commercial cellular-enabled UTM services.

ASTRA UTM looks forward to making available its full suite of capabilities including

Tactical Deconfliction and Digital Surface Modeling engines for real-time traffic advisory notifications and obstacle avoidance services respectively.

ASTRA UTM is also deploying its advanced 4G transponders for real-time tracking and monitoring of drone operations leveraging AirMarket’s collaboration with TELUS (the leading telco services provider in Canada).

*UTM is Unmanned Traffic Management. The Government of Canada uses the term RTM, or RPAS Traffic Management. RPAS stands for Remotely Piloted Aerial System.

According to Ayhan Kamil, Chief Commercial Officer at Astra UTM – “ASTRA UTM shares AirMarkets vision of leveraging the cellular infrastructure as one of the core elements of UTM and as such we are thrilled to see AirMaket through their partners TELUS establishing that link and making connectivity available to the Drone-UTM ecosystem.

This has potential beyond the ANSP U-space services and serves as a gateway to enterprise UTM services for numerous use-cases as well.

“AirMarket is excited to grow our strategic partnership with ASTRA UTM, a true global UTM platform leader” said Lindsay Mohr, CEO of AirMarket. “The Energy UTM Trials will provide the context to integrate, validate, and commercialize cellular UTM services at scale, by leveraging the ASTRA UTM platform and the TELUS infrastructure”.

ASTRA UTM is a world leading UTM solutions provider with multiple national deployments. The ASTRA platform provides the next generation of modular cloud-based, scalable UTM-as-a-Solution enabling ANSP’s and Enterprise to service the drone services industry.

AirMarket is a technology stack company focused on the delivery of Cellular enabled Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) services for commercial drones. AirMarket has the unique skills, technology, and experience for operationalizing UTM services
and Beyond Visual Line of Sight flight operations using cellular infrastructure.