Industry Insights

As the UAV industry continues to evolve, understanding the complexities of incorporating cellular networks in BVLOS operations is of paramount importance. Here you will find a carefully curated selection of research papers, case studies, and industry reports that offer in-depth analysis and insights. This repository serves as an invaluable resource for those seeking to stay informed on the latest developments and best practices in this highly specialized field.

The Aerial Connectivity Joint Activity (ACJA), an initiative set up to promote the exchange between the aviation and cellular communities, has established a Reference Method for assessing Cellular C2 Link Performance and RF Environment Characterization for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). This method is designed to understand and monitor cellular behavior in airspace, examining factors like the performance of drone control through cellular modems, and the general connectivity in the airspace without specific drone or modem involvement. The method is integrated into the AirborneRF platform, which processes measurement files and correlates them with network data.

The European Drone Strategy 2.0 sets out a vision for the further development of the European drone market. It lays out how Europe can pursue large-scale commercial drone operations while offering new opportunities in the sector.
Thanks to the EU’s comprehensive regulatory framework, drones have flown safely for hundreds of thousands of hours in Europe’s skies. The implementation of the ‘U-space’ in January 2023, a European system unique in the world to manage drone traffic safely, will lay the ground for increased operations.
To address concerns over noise, safety and privacy, the Strategy therefore calls for national, regional and local municipalities to ensure that drone services are aligned with citizens’ needs.
The Strategy also identifies areas for synergies between civil and defence drones, and for increased counter-drone capabilities and system resilience.

The Interface for Data Exchange between MNOs and the UAS Ecosystem represents the first steps in establishing clear and efficient communication between essential stakeholders in drone air traffic management. This paper models how the exchange of population density data and connectivity conditions along a flight path to fulfil its intent as a functional and operational extension of today’s interfaces.