Altitude Angel, a Unified Traffic Management (UTM) technology provider, chose industry expo Airspace World as the venue to announce a new generation of simulation modeling. This puts the airspace manager at the heart of the flight.

This simulation is a “first of its kind” for the UTM/ATM industry. It will give ANSPs, U-Space regulators, and airspace managers a ‘virtual insight’ into the future of airspace. This is a future where crewed, and unscrewed aircraft share the same skies safely and securely.

A glimpse of the airspace of the future

A real-world example of a Skyfarer drone completing a critical delivery between two UK hospitals was used as a backdrop. The simulation is digitally identical to the future when Altitude Angel’s GuardianUTM platform and ARROW ground-based DAA (Detect-and-Avoid) technology are fused in real-time with real-world airspace data. The information is experienced through a virtual reality headset and 3D.

Prior to being airborne, the passenger will be able to see the flight plan and the operation submitted. Once in flight, the simulated environment combines airspace data with real-time flight plans, managed by GuardianUTM. GuardianUTM performs real-time tactical deconfliction on simulated drones, just as it would do in actual operations.

Passengers who participate in the simulation will have the option to select the specific role they wish to experience, including that of a delivery drone, a pilot in a general aviation aircraft or HEMS/blue light helicopter responding to an emergency, or flying in a UAM eVTOL craft alongside the delivery drone.

“Our immersive simulator is a first for the UTM/ATM industry,” says Richard Parker, Altitude Angel CEO, and founder. “We’re taking airspace managers out of the control tower and placing them right in the heart of the flight. From here, they’ll be able to look out of a cockpit window and see tactical deconfliction of a drone flight in real time or even experience the flight from the drone’s perspective. The experience will also give airspace regulators a unique opportunity to see and understand what tomorrow’s skies will look like, which we hope will allow them to realize what can be achieved within current regulation as well as help inform and shape future regulation.”

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