DroneUp Acquires AirMap’s Unmanned Traffic Management Service
By Jessica Reed | December 21, 2021
IMG: via DroneUp, authorized drone services provider for 13 states, recently announced that it has acquired AirMap, Inc., and its UTM platform.
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Aviation technology provider DroneUp recently announced its acquisition of AirMap, Inc., the digital airspace and automation company. AirMap offers an Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) service which will benefit DroneUp’s network of pilots and growing ground infrastructure. The company’s UTM service provides comprehensive flight data for up to 100,000 international flights each day.
As one of three UTM providers deployed internationally, AirMap provides UTM in Switzerland in addition to serving customers throughout North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Australia. DroneUp has achieved government authorization as a drone services provider for 13 states in which it serves public sector organizations. The company also has over 190 active waivers and authorizations with the FAA.
One of the most significant advantages of the AirMap platform is its capacity to advance safety for DroneUp’s operations and in particular for last-mile drone services. Tom Walker, DroneUp’s CEO, said in the press release, “We’ve integrated with the best aerospace teams to bring drone delivery and flight services to market faster and more economically with our patented flight management software, and now the industry’s number one UTM solution. We believe DroneUp has a moral obligation to continue investment in and expansion of the AirMap platform. We will ensure this resource remains openly available to the drone industry, municipalities, and the FAA.”
Keeping the AirMap platform openly available is an important part of DroneUp’s focus on safety. In an interview with Avionics International, Senior Director of Marketing & Communications, Amy Wiegand, explained, “As drone flight volume increases, safely managing flights is increasingly complicated and requires an automated system to plan, request clearance, and factor in potential hazards and airspace restrictions. The AirMap platform advances safety for drone operations while also providing advantages for other drone operators to publish their flight plans, promoting uniform safety.”
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