Skyguide, Switzerland’s air navigation service provider, and its project partners demonstrated in Geneva how drones can be safely and efficiently integrated into the existing airspace.
The live demonstration of the so called U-space – the digital infrastructure, services, and procedures that will enable drones to integrate with the European airspace – proves that the air navigation services are ready for the next stage of drone integration. It could also open up the global market.
The project partners – which included skyguide, AirMap, SITAONAIR, senseFly and PX4 – performed three live missions flown by senseFly’s albris and eBee Plus drones and a drone with pre-programmed PX4 flight controller to demonstrate how drones can be easily announced to the air navigation service provider through e-registration and e-identification. The integration with air traffic control, flight planning and airspace authorization as well as live tracking/telemetry and dynamic situational awareness were also part of the live demonstration.
“We see ourselves as forward-looking partners of the drone industry. The U-space can only develop successfully if the different players collaborate efficiently together and embrace innovation. The demonstrator shows that this is possible. I look forward to us taking the next steps together with our partners as soon as possible.” said Alex Bristol, CEO of skyguide.