Recently, more and more drones are appearing in the sky of Switzerland, which indicates its technical progress in this direction. In this regard, the process of creating a unified control system for unmanned aerial vehicles is quite natural. It will track the UAV and compile a roster of operators so that the airspace of the country is safer for them.
The online newsletter Ars Technica reports that the Swiss air traffic control operator Skyquide together with the leading provider of navigational services for drones – AirMap, based on its platform for mapping Airmap UTM, are developing an air traffic control system.
However, this is only a small part of a more significant system – U-Space, whose goal is to ensure safe access to European airspace for millions of UAVs and their operators. At the first stage, U-Space will develop a list of services to be registered, compile a list of UAVs and operators, and define areas for limiting their flights.
According to experts, U-Space is an analog of the system developed by NASA – Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management, designed for drones and small aircraft flying at low altitude.
It is assumed that U-Space will be deployed in four phases from 2018 to 2021 years. In particular, in the second stage, planning, approval and tracking of flights will be carried out. At the third and fourth stages, more complex tasks are realized, for example, “assistance in the detection of conflicts”, as well as increasing the level of autonomy of aircraft and their control systems.