Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management for Safe Drone Operations
Airbus’ entities (Airbus Helicopters, Airbus Aerial and Airbus Defence and Space) have partnered with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) to launch Skyways: a project designed to provide efficient, seamless delivery of small parcels to people and facilities across cities via drones
The automated package last mile delivery system, combining unmanned drones and Air Traffic Management software will be deployed at the National University of Singapore (NUS). During this year’s Singapore Airshow in February, the automatic loading and unloading capability by picking-up and delivering parcels with a new designed robot-arm in specially designed stations could be demonstrated successfully. It is intended to fly along virtual aerial corridors to avoid collision, to control noise generation plus avoid no-fly zones (hospital, park, etc.) while the central ground operations centre (UAS Traffic Management solution) continuously monitors flight operations and unmanned air traffic.
In the future, airborne transport systems could help build businesses by making it easier to get products to customers without the need for shops or delivery trucks or even save lives by ditching the roads to airlift medical supplies across town. Later iterations could include delivering higher-value medical goods to disaster-hit regions, where roads may be impassable.
Autonomous, fast and secure delivery of low-weight parcels in congested and inaccessible areas
Ensures the safety of all airspace users and civilians whilst following aviation standards
Interfaces with ATM (Air Traffic Management) for coordination of all flights
Airbus’ Urban Last Mile delivery solution, built on global experience from a century of Air Traffic and Air Traffic Management supports open access for drone integration via flight plan exchange and sound air surveillance awareness for safe air track coordination. Airbus is building a new dimension between drone utilisation and aerial delivery, enabling high-density operations. The scalable concept supports full UTM (Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management) services to scale up and transformation to any other location and connecting to any type of drone.