One of the barriers to beyond visual line-of-sight drone operations has been the need for safety measures. PrecisionHawk Inc. last week announced that it has received two patents for unmanned aircraft traffic management, or UTM, technologies. The “Automated Unmanned Air Traffic Control System” includes the transmission of real-time flight data from drones to a UTM server before and during flights. The system will help drones avoid collisions with manned aircraft, similar to how human controllers manage air traffic today, said the company.
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