Cranfield Airport to deploy Altitude Angel’s GuardianUTM platform


Altitude Angel today announced it is to deploy its market-leading UTM technology platform at Cranfield Global Research Airport in collaboration with Cranfield Airport Operations Limited, enabling evaluation of GuardianUTM in a rich traffic environment including research institutes, students and private enterprises.

Cranfield is unique in its global research airport offers an environment for transformational research into the aerospace sector. As one of the few universities in the world with its own airport and Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), Cranfield is at the forefront of aerospace and aviation technology, working to address the challenges of digital aviation and rethink the airports, airlines, airspace management and aircraft of the future.

The joint initiative will see Altitude Angel deploy its GuardianUTM O/S into the digital tower at Cranfield Airport, allowing research institutes, students and other key stakeholders, to interface via Altitude Angel’s APIs and request flight authorisations digitally.

David Walters, Altitude Angel, Head of Strategic Programmes, said: “Cranfield Global Research Airport is one of the institutions leading the world in the development of unmanned aerial vehicles, so combined with Altitude Angel’s world leading GuardianUTM platform, we’ll be able to demonstrate how routine drone operations can be safely and securely carried out within a real-life airport environment.”

Robert Abbott, Cranfield Airport, Director of Aviation Operations, added: “In Altitude Angel Cranfield Airport can partner with the provider of a leading UTM platform in order to evaluate a system in a unique and traffic rich airspace environment. In harmony with the capability the Remote Tower gives us, GuardianUTM is an ideal and vital information tool as we support research on behalf of the University and its partners.”