The project will develop a comprehensive electronic surveillance picture which will be re-broadcast via Traffic Information Service – Broadcast (TIS-B) to enhance the situational awareness of all suitably equipped airspace users. Additionally, Flight Information Service – Broadcast (FIS-B) will be used to share information about activation of this surveillance environment and provide comprehensive weather data covering the area for all airspace users.
The project will also demonstrate the core functions of UTM through the integration of electronic surveillance, weather and ground data (terrain, obstacles etc.) for use by the remote UAS pilots to support effective flight operations and inform their avoid decisions by adhering to the same basic international rules and techniques adopted by all other pilots.
Should the trial be successful and achieve all the objectives in terms of operational efficiency and safety, the solution will be tested further in alternative locations and environments, with even more challenging objectives (such as multiple simultaneous BVLOS operations, integration with existing controlled airspace and IFR operations) which would enable widespread commercial utilisation of BVLOS UAV operations in a wide range of user cases. The project will ensure the eventual Concept of Operations is transferable to any volume of airspace in support of BVLOS UAV applications and is not reliant on a single surveillance and/or UTM provider but is interoperable with existing ATM operations and other airspace users.