Airwayz, Royal NLR Partner to Accelerate Drone U-Space Adoption Across Europe

Airwayz CEO Eyal Zor, right, shakes hands with Henk van Dijk, VP of aerospace operations of Royal NLR, after signing their collaborative partnership agreement. Photo courtesy of Airwayz.

AMSTERDAM—Umanned traffic management (UTM) provider Airwayz announced it is collaborating with the Netherlands Aerospace Center to support drone traffic management across Europe.

The partnership will see Airwayz and NLR combine efforts to perform trials, research best practice and accelerate research and development. Combining NLR’s expertise in air traffic management with Airwayz’ UTM system provides a framework for U-spaces, designed to support safe access to airspace for a large number of drones.

NLR is an independent innovative research center for the aerospace industry, working to solve global airspace issues, and plays a pivotal role between science, industry, government and society. Israel-based Airwayz’ dynamic UTM-unmanned systems service provider software monitors and coordinates multiple fleets of drones in real time, using proprietary artificial intelligence to ensure safe and efficient commercial drone activities.

Airwayz’ partnership with NLR signifies new levels of commercial opportunity for drone ecosystems, the companies said.

Airwayz and NLR are already cooperating on multiple projects for air navigation service providers. Additionally, both Airwayz and NLR are active at the Port of Rotterdam, with Airwayz spearheading the creation of a safe and efficient U-Space across the port for commercial drone services to flourish.

“We’re excited to announce the official signing of our collaboration with NLR today at Amsterdam Drone Week,” said Airwayz CEO and co-founder Eyal Zor. “We have many ground-breaking projects in the pipeline. Our partnership signifies the next level of airspace management; combining manned and unmanned traffic management and pursuing urban air mobility operations will revolutionize the industry and keep our airspaces safe across urban areas whilst they develop. The commercial potential will expand the capabilities of commercial drone services and drastically change how we all view our skies.”