5G A Key Factor in UAV Traffic Management

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By Lian Jye Su | 4Q 2018 | IN-5324


Operation Zenith Is a Perfect Demonstration of UTM


On November 26, Operation Zenith, one of the largest demonstration of coordination and management of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and manned aircraft, took place in Manchester, United Kingdom. During the demonstration, seven UAV use cases were showcased within the controlled zone of Manchester Airport, including equipment delivery, infrastructure inspection, site survey, safeguarding, and airspace management.

This was a joint effort by NATS, the United Kingdom’s main air traffic control and navigation service provider, Altitude Angel, a global UAV traffic management platform company, and Manchester Airport. More than 10 hardware, software, and service vendors led their support, including Vodafone, the United Kingdom’s main cellular connectivity provider. The successful conclusion of Operation Zenith was a showcase of coexistence between two very different air transportation systems, which will further unlock the future economic potential of UAVs.

The Importance of UTM


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