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Airspace Link: Providing Highways in the Sky

FAA-Certified Enterprise SaaS Platform Managing Local Government Airspace for Drones

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The rapid growth of the drone industry has outpaced the development of rules and systems to govern their use. The limited ability for citizens and businesses to know where they can safely fly or conduct complex flights are restricted by fragmented, non-existing data and systems for managing local government airspace. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is seeking partners to integrate drones safely into controlled airspace while making air and ground based safety a number one priority before it lifts the restrictive flight rules currently in place.

The Airspace Link platform is an all-in-one FAA-certified, cloud-based platform simultaneously connecting all constituents involved in legally flying a drone. State & local governments use the Airspace Link portal to define areas of risk, special ordinance and event restrictions within the community. Drone pilots plan and submit operations to the FAA through Airspace Link, enabling faster approvals and a stronger mitigation plans for complex flights (BVLOS, inspection, package delivery). With the combined data, Airspace Link is building new drone airspace infrastructure (similar to toll roads).

How will your solution benefit residents, workers, or visitors in the Michigan Central Station impact area? (1,000 characters)

Create disruptive innovation to Michigan’s drone industry by decreasing operational risk, strengthening mitigation plans, decreasing time to approval and faster Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) authorization. Reducing auto congestion by deploying drones for light-weight package delivery. Simulations and live flights will be used for measuring economic, emissions, and auto congestion improvements.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Pilot - you have implemented your solution in a real-world scenario
  • Ready to Scale - you have completed and expanded your pilot and are seeing adoption of your solution by your intended user

Insights from previous testing (500 characters)

We found that engaging and educating state & local government is important when testing new transportation infrastructure. Several questions must be asked to help remove the paralysis of embracing drones within each jurisdiction. Communication empowers local leaders to implement solutions tailored to the needs of their community and the safety of residents.

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

https://youtu.be/NDQEbglg3os - Our team has spent the past 20 years solving complex geospatial government and commercial problems. With the rise of micro-mobility, autonomous vehicles, and drone activity, cities are overwhelmed by the pace of technology deployment within their jurisdictions. These are problems our team are well positioned to solve and aligns with our bullish view on the drone industry. Michael and Danny are both UAV recreationalists and Michael holds a commercial drone

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Team or Organization URL

https://airspacelink.com/

Are you submitting as a student team?

  • No

Are you submitting as a team from the Impact Area?

  • No

Funding Request

  • $150,000

Rough Budget (500 characters)

With the budget we will: 1) Publicly deploy Airspace Link’s AirHub FAA Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) for Part 44809 (recreational) and Part 107 (commercial) UAV flight authorization. 2) Deploy AirHub for Gov. & ground-based risk management system(s). 3) Deploy AirHub for business system for Part 135 (freight) drone service providers. This will be a full end-to-end package delivery test of Airspace Link planning and authorization platform.

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

We start with a lightweight assessment that works across five dimensions impacting technology adoption. The community provides several GIS layers, answers a few questions and reviews the results. 1. Organizational Readiness: Assess community capabilities. How regulations, rules and ordinances are communicated and managed internally and external to the organization. 2. Citizen Adoption: Assess how security and privacy is managed and communicated to local citizens’. 3. Software & Data Readiness: Assess the architecture, types of software owned and how software is used in the organization that relates to GIS, property, zoning and ordinance software. 4. Governance & Funding: Assess how drone airspace is deployed, managed and funded across various departments within the organization. It’s a new asset class. 5. Gap Analysis: Assess identifying the FAA, State & Local Government regulation and ordinance gaps. Then we move to the 3 steps listed above in the Rough Budget section.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

1) Significantly and safely grow the drone industry by decreasing authorization times from 90 days to under 15 seconds in Michigan test locations. AirHub Analytics & KPI’s will be used to measure & report the usage of airspace in selected Michigan test locations. 2) Risk reports will be generated to measure operational impacts, flight path risk reduction and airspace usage analytics. 3) Create disruptive innovation to Michigan’s drone industry by decreasing operational risk, strengthening mitigation plans, decreasing time to approval and faster BVLOS authorization. Reducing auto congestion by deploying drones for light-weight package delivery. Simulations and live flights will be used for measuring economic, emissions, and auto congestion improvements.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

Airspace Link is a software product company that drives recurring and transactional revenues through SaaS licensing and API access. Airspace Link for Government provides tools and apps for airspace infrastructure maintenance and monitoring, as well as tight integration capability with the FAA. The Airspace Link Drone Portal is a transactional business model, providing pilots a more comprehensive data view of potential operations and multi-stakeholder sign-off before operation execution.

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Photo of Boratha Tan
Team

Hi Michael Healander thanks for proposing your drone system! I am part of the facilitation team for City:One. I was wondering if the drone system could expand the drone system to also integrate traffic mapping for analyzing how to decrease traffic jams, provide communication with AVs, connect with traffic lights specifically for emergency vehicles to quickly go through intersections safely, network with public transit systems to optimize their patterns, etc.

Photo of Michael Healander
Team

Hi Boratha Tan Yes. Today the system is focused on safely integrating drones into the national airspace and communities to perform more complex flights. But it's built on set of web services and API's and partners can extend and integrate our system into other systems or use cases.