Much like the U.S. “Unmanned Traffic Management” initiative, U-space is a collaborative effort to enable situational awareness, data exchange, and digital communication for the drone ecosystem.
PACI operates a UTM service area consisting of almost 1200 square miles of Class G within the Eldorado and Piute Valleys. This is the largest privately-operated commercial test range in the world.
U-space is a set of new services and specific procedures designed to support safe, efficient and secure access to airspace for large numbers of drones. These services rely on a high level of digitization and automation of functions, whether they are on board the drone itself, or are part of the ground-based environment.
PACI’s “Digital-G” concept uses Voluntary Compliance with Flight Following through Technical Means provided by UAS Service Suppliers (USSs). Our technical means (AeroPermit© SaaS) supports the three foundation services of U-Space: electronic registration (e-registration), electronic identification (e-identification) and geofencing.
Our UAS Test Range uses the GeoNetwork SmartFence™ System, the first comprehensive global platform for the registry, delivery, and management of data-enhanced geofences. We can offer an ADS-B alternative requiring no network connection, no new hardware, and minimal power budget. This infrastructure has been field tested to demonstrate its functionality, reliability and range.
PACI has a long-term lease and FCC license for radio service in the Upper 700 MHz band at 757-758 MHz and 787-788 MHz. The areas of coverage include counties in Nevada (Clark, Esmeralda, Lincoln, Mineral, Nye), counties in Arizona (Mohave, La Paz, Yuma), and counties in Utah (Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Piute, Washington).
We have more demonstrations planned using our AeroPermit© SaaS in 2018.