DroneUp Acquires AirMap’s Unmanned Traffic Management Service

DroneUp, an authorized drone service provider for 13 states, recently announced that it has acquired AirMap, Inc. and its UTM platform.

Aviation technology provider DroneUp recently announced its acquisition of AirMap, Inc., the digital airspace and automation company. AirMap offers an Unmanned Aircraft System (UTM) traffic management service that 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 in North America, Europe, Southeast Asia and Australia. DroneUp has obtained government authorization as a drone service provider for 13 states in which it serves public sector organizations. The company also has more than 190 active waivers and clearances with the FAA.

One of the most significant benefits of the AirMap platform is its ability to advance the safety of DroneUp operations and in particular for last mile drone services. Tom Walker, CEO of DroneUp, said in the press release, “We’ve integrated with top aerospace teams to bring drone flight and delivery services to market faster and more cost-effectively with our patented flight management software, and now the industry’s number one UTM solution.” ‘industry. We believe DroneUp has a moral obligation to continue investing in and developing the AirMap platform. We will ensure that 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 International Avionics, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, Amy Wiegand, explained, “As the volume of drone flights increases, managing flights safely is increasingly complicated and requires an automated system to plan, request a clearance and consider potential hazards and airspace restrictions. The AirMap platform improves the safety of drone operations while providing benefits for other drone operators to publish their flight plans, promoting uniform safety.

In November, DroneUp also announced its partnership with Walmart to offer consumers the option of drone delivery from DroneUp “Hubs” or drone airports. Three locations in Arkansas will operate full-time on-demand deliveries, and two more locations in the state are expected to open in the coming months. Drone deliveries are handled by a team of expertly trained operators. According to Tom Walker of DroneUp, “Partnering with Walmart to launch three delivery hubs marks a significant leap forward in the wider use of [unmanned aircraft system] UAS to provide last mile consumer delivery services and supply chain efficiency options. »

The acquisition of AirMap will help DroneUp overcome key industry hurdles: UAS drivers, software and hardware, and UTM. Ben Marcus, co-founder of AirMap, said, “Since its inception, AirMap has worked to create a future where drones bring value to millions of people in their daily lives.” He is convinced that the partnerships established by DroneUp and the company’s commitment to its mission will help build this future.

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