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Commercial drone operations have huge potential in the smart city setting, supporting emergency response, reducing emissions and air pollution and increasing access to food, medicine and other goods. UTM (Unmanned Traffic Management) is recognized as a key enabler to address the safe and efficient integration of unmanned vehicles into the airspace.

A ground-breaking new project in the UK will build and demonstrate how Open-Access UTM capability can support drone operations below 400ft. The project will enable efficient sharing of airspace with manned aircraft and Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations of drones. 

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The Connected Places Catapult is bringing together a national and international consortium to develop a world-leading Open-Access UTM framework for drones. The project supported by the UK Department for Transport will continue laying the groundwork for a safe flying environment for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations in the UK. 

As Phase 2 of the Future Flight Challenge kicks-off, a key aim of this project is to provide greater insight and actionable data to the UAS community who may be tackling UTM for the first time.

This research and development project will create principal architectural features, communications interfaces and key services that will be evaluated through simulations before progressing to field-trials. 

The trial will build on existing platforms and standards to create a developmental system to explore UTM and drone operations, as well as identifying the next research steps and facilitating knowledge transfer to government and industry, according to suasnews.com.

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