Words By: Global Banking & Finance Review
“As we move into the most exciting era of the modern age, it is easy to imagine skies filled with small flying drones delivering parcels, but the truth is far more likely and far more exciting and the key is the evolution of airspace management. Imagine a future where global airspace is no longer managed in a rigid ‘airspace corridor’ way purely for the benefit of commercial and military aircraft but in a continuously flexible and dynamic way for the benefit of all. An airspace populated with vertical columns used by aircraft making subspace jumps, shifting geo-routes allowing passenger drones to pass safely at any altitude and shifting geo-fences protecting manned routes and high-value assets. The sky above us is an untapped sea of air which will have incredible value as the drone industry expands its operations into the future. As data is the new oil, airspace will be the new gold.
We are some way from taking full control of the airspace but this work is well underway at the European and international levels and so, by the end of the 21st Century/early 22nd Century, this will not only be a reality but be well established, opening the way for a more dynamic use of the airspace and seamless integration with ground operations. This, along with developments in ‘beyond visual line of sight’ (BVLOS) operations and robust identification and licencing models woven into the airspace framework, will allow us to effectively implement driverless flying taxis into our smart cities, increase accident response times through the use of driverless ambulances and make traveling to work a breeze by opening up roof-top drop-offs in built-up areas. Never mind parcel delivery, the revolution of our airspace to allow the explosion of unmanned transport systems is way more exciting.”
Robert Garbett, Founder and CEO of Drone Major Group