Twente takes the first step to regulate unmanned aerial traffic
Local industry, knowledge institutes, and governments in the East Netherlands are preparing for unmanned systems to impact society and the economy. The growth of commercial drone applications can only be realised when not only technical and legal challenges are addressed, but when our societies are convinced about the use and safety of unmanned systems. Starting now, Space53, together with partner Drone Flight Company, will test and experiment with UTM (UAS traffic management) solutions offered by AirMap. Additionally, the DJI Aeroscope system will be used as a reliable and independent method to identify drones inside the Space53 airspace.
Drones and other unmanned systems will have a huge influence on our society and what our environment looks like. Within the next few years, at least half a million commercial drones are expected to be integrated into our daily lives, alongside the millions of drones that will be used for recreational purposes such as filming and photography.
Drones are here to stay, with new use cases being presented every day. But in order to avoid misuse and to promote safe flying techniques, certain considerations must be made. To integrate drones safely into our society, it is important that:
- We can regulate and monitor drone usage
- Drone users are well-educated for the purpose of their flight
- Drones can be identified
- Insurance and liability are organized properly
- Drone operations are compliant within current regulations and policies
Through the combined use of drone identification systems and separate airspace management tools from DJI Aeroscope, AirMap and AirHub
, cities, aviation authorities, and law enforcement agencies can easily distinguish between legal and illegal operations, allowing drone flights to be safely monitored and quickly authorized.
Authorize and monitor drone flights
AirMap, together with Space53, is deploying a simple procedure for registering and monitoring drone flights in local airspace. The AirMap UTM Dashboard provides airspace controllers, local municipal officials, and managers of critical infrastructure with digital tools and services like authorization for managing local UAS activities.
"AirMap works with civil aviation authorities, air navigation service providers, local officials, and public safety personnel to enable drone operations safely and efficiently" said Ben Marcus, AirMap cofounder and Chairman. "We're excited to extend the benefits of UTM to the Netherlands through our partnership with Space53."
The AeroScope system, developed by DJI, can actively identify and monitor drones. Based upon this information extra security measures can be taken, if necessary.
Space53 pioneers in unmanned air traffic management to accelerate innovative drone use
With our tests and experiments we want to explore what role drones can play by utilizing the airspace safely and efficiently. In offering registration, identification, authorization, and traffic monitoring services, Space53 is a pioneer in taking steps towards air traffic management, which national aviation authorities will need in the future. The Space53 partnership with the leading market parties supports these measures, but also promotes the development of the technology and education necessary to realise large-scale commercial drone use.
Alderman Patrick Welman from the Municipality of Enschede: “The city of Enschede and region of Twente want to lead in the innovation of unmanned systems. Naturally, urban safety is an important aspect of our ambition. Therefore, we are happy to see that Space53 is experimenting with measures to keep our urban airspace safe. We see the many possible applications of drones in our society, but we should not close our eyes for the risks of malicious or improper use.”