Switzerland U-space demonstrates power traffic management for drone flights

Swiss Air navigation service provider skyguide and AirMap, the world´s leading airspace management platform for drones, has demonstrated Swiss U-space services in Switzerland, the company said.

The demonstration was part of the Drone Innovators Network event put on by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in collaboration with the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) and Presence Switzerland.

Skyguide is the first to deploy U-space services nationwide. U-space is Europe´s vision for the digital infrastructure to support safe and secure access to European skies for millions of drones. Skyguide provides air navigation services for Switzerland and certain adjacent airspaces of neighbouring countries. With its 1500 employees at 14 locations in Switzerland, the company guides some 1.2 million civil and military flights a year safely and efficiently through Europe´s busiest airspace. Skyguide has the ambition of building one of the most advanced Drone Traffic Management services as enabler for Switzerland´s drone ecosystems.

Skyguide also operates a drone for maintenance purposes. By calibrating the ILS via drones instead of planes, skyguide will achieve significant reductions in costs (-360,000 CHF) and CO2 emissions (- 94 tons) by 2020.

AirMap is a leading airspace management platform for drones. AirMap connects the majority of the world´s drones to airspace authorities through integrations with major drone manufacturers such as DJI, Intel, senseFly, Matternet, 3DR, DroneDeploy, and more.