Altitude Angel, a UK company that enables the safe integration and use of drones and UAVs into international airspace, has announced it will be creating the first Drone Zone in the Thames Valley west of London. It will be open to drones and manned aircraft. The company submitted the plans for the commercial drone corridor to the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
The drone zone will be operated and managed by Altitude Angel and have the ability to support fully automated drone flights beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) from any drone manufacturer that complies with a few technical integrations without the need for specialist hardware.
The project, named Project Arrow, was put forward to the CAA as a part of its Innovation Sandbox. The drone zone will be around 8 kilometers (5 miles) in length and 500 meters (0.3 miles) wide with enhanced detect-and-avoid capabilities.
Drones flying in the zone will be monitored and tracked by Altitude Angel’s GuardianUTM O/S platform that allows safe autonomous drone flights to take place along with pre-flight authorizations and automatic separation assurance.