DroneUp acquires AirMap drone operations on a big scale

DroneUp acquires AirMap: combines global airspace management with the network, fleet and infrastructure of DroneUp.

Tom Walker, CEO of DroneUp, doesn’t do things by halves. DroneUp has grown rapidly as a drone service provider; Development of proprietary software, infrastructure and a robust, well-trained pilot network. They were instrumental in defining the limits of what can be achieved within the limits of existing regulations and showed value in Flying Within Line of Sight (VLOS). With a huge investment from one of the world’s largest retailers – Walmart – DroneUp has secured a spot at the forefront of drone delivery, establishing the first multi-location Walmart drone delivery operation – and setting the stage for one of the first large drone delivery programs in the world.

Walmart Offers Great Opportunity for Drone Delivery Services in the US Walmart has unique advantages when it comes to drone delivery. Unlike Amazon drone delivery programs, which inherently struggle to balance the distance between warehouses and customers, 90% of Americans live within 10 miles of a Walmart store. And as the pandemic shows, these customers are getting used to ordering items for delivery or pickup rather than shopping at retail outlets. Now that DroneUp acquires AirMap, the company is buying technology that will allow it to quickly extend drone services beyond line of sight – fast.

“Achieving large-scale BVLOS operations will not depend on a single airframe, software, or technology. Rather, it will be the careful aggregation of the very best solutions. As we continue to improve our proprietary platforms, we aggressively analyze the market for potential partnerships, investments or acquisitions with compelling solutions, ”Tom Walker, CEO of DroneUp, told DRONELIFE.

“Airmap’s industry-leading products already support up to 100,000 flights per day and will have an immediate impact on our ability to scale operations. In addition, the information gathered will create a safer sky, providing insights and skills that can only be of an order of magnitude of value.

AirMap was one of the earliest and most widely used airspace intelligence systems, and the company evolved to break into UTM space. AirMap’s Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) service and comprehensive flight data “will help DroneUp build market and regulatory leadership and advance safe drone services over the last mile,” said a company press release.

“As drones’ flight volume increases, the safe management of flights exceeds human standards and requires an automated system to plan, request clearance, and address potential hazards and airspace restrictions. The AirMap platform increases the security for the operation of DroneUp and at the same time offers advantages for other drone operators to publish their flight plans in order to promote uniform security. “

While the AirMap solutions will allow DroneUp to scale operations for their services, DroneUp is committed to continuing to make the AirMap solution available to the industry.

“We partnered with the best aerospace teams to bring our patented flight management software, and now the industry’s leading UTM solution, drone delivery and air services to market faster and more cost-effectively,” said Tom Walker, CEO of DroneUp. “We believe that DroneUp has a moral obligation to continue investing in and expanding the AirMap platform. We will ensure this resource remains openly available to the drone industry, communities and the FAA. “

“In addition to being a UTM company, AirMap is a global leader in digital automated air traffic management (ATM) with an industry-leading market share, geographic presence and seamless platform technology that supports stakeholders across multiple ecosystems,” said John Vernon, CTO of DroneUp and Representative of the Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) of the FAA. “Transformative technological advances are driving positive change for society, promoting decarbonization, reducing traffic jams and democratizing transport. UTM is an important enabler for high-density drone and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) operations, while also enabling the development of autonomy and flight safety on a large scale. We look forward to further positive innovations. “

“We are excited to be part of the DroneUp team,” said Ben Marcus, co-founder of Airmap. “Since its inception, AirMap has worked to create a future where drones add value to millions of people in their daily lives. DroneUp is also committed to this mission and I am confident that we will create this reality through its resilient, expandable network and its partnership with Walmart. “

DroneUp operates across the United States and is an authorized 13 state state drone service provider serving public sector organizations. It has more than 190 active exemptions and approvals with the FAA. One of three UTM providers currently deployed internationally, AirMap offers UTM a geographic presence in Switzerland and a customer base that extends from North America to Europe, Southeast Asia and Australia.

Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional marketplace for drone services, and a passionate observer of the emerging drone industry and regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has written over 3,000 articles on the commercial drone field and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam graduated from the University of Chicago and has over 20 years experience in high-tech sales and marketing for emerging technologies.
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