Researching innovative solutions for 

drone operations and applications

Latest news

U-Flyte at Atlantic Ireland 2018

U-Flyte had a stand at the Atlantic Ireland conference on Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st October. Lots of interesting discussions about applications of drones to marine observations and monitoring!

EU Network for U-Space Demonstrators

U-Flyte is now a member of the EU Network for U-Space Demonstrators. U-Flyte was one of the 32 European signatories of the Manifesto, formally launched by EU Transport Commissioner Ms Violeta Bulc in Antwerp on Friday 19th Oct 2018, where U-Flyte was briefly presented to the Commissioner.

Marine Watch Phase 2 completed

Read about the recent Marine Watch Phase 2 Demonstrator and see video footage of the completed tests.

The Project

Research Partnership

U-Flyte is a strategic research partnership, coordinated by Maynooth University and funded by Science Foundation Ireland, together with key industry collaborators including; Airbus, Irelandia Aviation and INTEL. The project was launched in March 2018 in Waterford Airport by Maynooth University, SFI and industry partners. 

What we do

This SFI partnership will tackle the current global bottleneck impeding the wider development of drone operations and roll-out of commercial services. The R&D work-plan is based around researching a series of inter-connected work-packages that deal with investigating, building and testing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Traffic-Management (UTM), underpinned by a 3D drone airspace model (U-Space).

UTM Testbed

UTM operations will be tested around Waterford airport using drones and Air Traffic Control (ATC) as well as selected mobile locations across Ireland. Drone services, based on rapid wide-area mapping, dynamic feature-tracking in drone video clips and package drop-off/pick-up, will be developed and tested using real-world end-use case scenarios.

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National Centre for Geocomputation, Iontas Building, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland

T: +353 1 708 6180

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