UAVs are more convenient on the highway than cars and trucks. With the increasing number of UAVs transporting packages or medical examinations, these UAVs will also need the air of the highway to ensure the safe and efficient transit from point a to point B.
The Detroit based airspace link helps to connect private UAV operators with state and local governments to establish safe flight corridors and provide UAV pilots with the data they need to ensure that they are authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration. The company is a FAA approved service provider with low altitude authorization and notification (laanc) system, which allows UAV pilots to enter controlled airspace of 400 feet or less.
“If you want to build these drone highways, it’s actually looking for the safest area for flying drones and figuring out the possibility of harming people on the ground when you create these corridors,” Michael helland, President and CEO, said in an interview
Building a drone highway
Earlier this month, airspacelink announced the establishment of a partnership with Ontario, California, making Ontario the first city in California to adopt airhub of airspacelink as a government platform, thus establishing a digital UAV infrastructure over the city.
Airspacelink technology can be used in conjunction with the city’s existing geographic information system (GIS), which can specify important landmarks such as schools, hospitals, prisons and municipal centers, as well as maps used by city officials to manage zoning, traffic flow and speed zones. “Our system extracts this data and combines it with federal regulations. You can create ground-based hazard and risk profiles that help isolate the safest areas to fly through the community. “
By working with the city, the company is also able to better understand the airspace requirements around Ontario International Airport. In collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the airport, airspace link has developed a system that opens up nearly 20 square miles of airspace for potential UAV traffic.
The system also allows city officials to notify UAV operators of ground emergencies that may affect flight operations, just as FAA can issue temporary flight restrictions (TRF) in some cases. “If there’s a 911 call, they can create a consultation like TFR,” hilarand said
Support for UAV operators
In addition, UAV operators can use the data collected through the city’s airhub system to help them secure FAA exemption for more advanced operations. “Now, as a UAV operator, if I want to deliver the cowid test suite between hospitals in Ontario, I have the support of this city now,” hilland said “With all the pre created data, I can create a flight plan that will optimize the flight path and provide me with all the data that FAA needs to build a normal safety case.”
In the long run, the establishment of UAV digital infrastructure system in Ontario is expected to have a significant impact on the future economic development of the region. Real estate development giant Brookfield is using the system’s data to incorporate UAV routes and landing points into its design for future communities in the region.
In a short time, the start-up technology company quickly expanded its business nationwide. Airspacelink is currently deploying its laanc system technology in 13 states and is conducting a two-year project to deploy statewide systems in North Dakota. “We’ve taken off all over the United States,” hilland said “It’s been an amazing year. We’ve grown from our first customer nine months ago to more than 300 businesses, pilots and state and local governments. “
Like every company in the world, the global covid-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on airspacelink, causing major damage at first, but later creating new growth opportunities. “In the first two months, everyone had a hard time,” hilland said “It does slow down state and local governments. It took them some time to get back online. “
However, the pandemic also highlights the need to develop new systems for safe and rapid delivery of medical supplies and testing, and has inspired some government agencies to speed up their plans to develop new UAV delivery systems. Airspacelink is working with a number of government agencies on a number of projects to build a system that can deliver covid test kits via UAVs.
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