DronePort Network Announces Strategic Partnership with Vigilant Aerospace to Provide Airspace Management at Drone Ports Across U.S.

Vigilant Aerospace has been announced as a strategic partner by DronePort Network to provide Airspace Management (ASM), Detect-and-Avoid (DAA), and Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) for future drone port projects throughout the United States. Vigilant Aerospace’s FlightHorizon solution provides the advanced situational awareness required for safe, scalable autonomous flight.

DronePort Network is a system integration and infrastructure development company focused on helping regions and communities transition to the next generation of the aviation economy. They do this through the creation of “drone ports” – dedicated autonomous aviation ecosystems primed for the development, testing and deployment of uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS or drones) and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) aircraft.

“The growth around autonomous flight is enormous, and regions and communities can reap significant benefits in commercial activity, new jobs and new service opportunities,” said Craig Mahaney, CEO, DronePort Network. “We’re at a pivotal time for building the critical infrastructure needed to support this, and Vigilant Aerospace’s FlightHorizon provides an important solution for ensuring safe skies for autonomous flight. We’re collectively pioneering game-changing aviation environments with far-reaching impact.”

The company works with regional centers to leverage existing infrastructure, such as airfields and hangers, to build dedicated drone port facilities for a wide range of uses – from advanced autonomous flight testing and training centers to new air services across both the private and public sector. DronePort Network provides a full range of services required to safely integrate drones and related services into the economy and national airspace – operational, regulatory and technology – reflecting the broad range of considerations around safe, large-scale autonomous flight. This includes guidance for meeting strict FAA requirements and selecting appropriate technology partners.

“There is immense opportunity for public-private partnerships throughout the US to build infrastructure to accommodate the next generation of aviation. DronePort Network is a perfect example of this innovative approach, bringing together the expertise necessary to make commercial autonomous flight a reality,” said Kraettli Epperson, CEO of Vigilant Aerospace. “We’re thrilled to launch this strategic partnership and are excited to be a part of the future development of drone ports in the US.”

FlightHorizon provides airspace managers with a 2D or 3D view of all aircraft in the selected airspace using a combination of sensors and data sources to create an airspace safety picture for pilots, airspace managers and command centers, required to meet FAA regulatory requirements for advanced UAS flights.