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[ Low Altitude Airspace Management ]

Building a safe environment to enable more commercial activities in the skies

How to manage Low Altitude Airspace

To effectively manage drones flying in a congested airspace, such as those in a city, or near an airport, regulators and all stakeholders (henceforth the “Airspace Manager“) need to know the location of every drone in real time. There are 3 ways to do it:

  1. Everyone volunteers information to the airspace manager on their handheld device (e.g. mobile app);
  2. Everyone volunteers information to the airspace manager directly from their drones; or
  3. Everyone carries an Airspace Manager designated hardware that sends the information to the Airspace Managers.

The issue with option 1 and 2 is that operators are often at the mercy of the drone manufacturers capabilities and commercial interest. Should one global standard emerge (such as the on-going proposal in the US about Remote ID) and adopted by a critical mass of Airspace Managers in the world, then drone manufacturers would be compelled to adopt the said standard.

At Garuda Robotics, we observe that an internationally adopted Remote ID is still at least 5 years away and would take another 5 more years to be fully adopted globally. However, some regulators have urgent needs to better manage the airspace in or near aerodromes.

The same goes with some organizations, ranging from the military, homeland security, enterprises with critical infrastructure or high liability, if drones were to spiral out of control in their area of operations. They need a compatible, easy to adopt, and easy to legislate system to manage their airspace right now.

Thus the need for option 3: a UAV hardware tracker that is tangible, reliable, and can be easily mounted onto any drone above 250g. By the authority vested in the Airspace Manager (aviation authority, city government, infrastructure operators, or enterprise with direct control of their respective airspace), the tracker can be legislated or mandated when operating within or nearby aerodromes, over urban areas, and other congested areas.

My Drone Fleets

My Drone Fleets (“MDF“) is a unique system designed for Airspace Managers that comprises 6 components:

UAV Hardware Trackers

Lightweight and durable 4G LTE device that sends GNSS position of UAVs to the authorities (accurate to 3m)

Airspace Visualizer

Real time visualisation of trackers deployed to all commercial UAVs, airspace advisories, and voluntary location updates from drones

Regulatory Sandbox

Set rules to see its effect in simulation, or in designated drone  test sites with actual drone operator participants

Regulatory Compliance

All pilots and equipment flying within the airspace can be registered and tracked to ensure currency and airworthiness

Emergency Response

Orchestrate and execute incident response plans, such as hardware recovery, fire and medical services, and stakeholder updates

FIMS / Central UTM / ATM

An open platform that easily integrates with other UTMs, or nationally mandated UTM, FIMS, or ATM