ANRA Technologies, a leader in integrated airspace management, today announced that it has won NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate National Campaign 2 for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) for Community Planning and Integration activities to address key safety and integration barriers together with FlyOhio, a collaboration of public, private and academic institutions led by DriveOhio’s advanced air mobility (AAM) group.
ANRA will be the primary Provider of Services for UAM (PSU) technology for this multi-year program and will serve as the integrator of PSU information sharing across participating aircraft operators (e.g., eVTOL) and future, multiple PSUs. ANRA will lead the development and test of PSU integration with vertiport automation services.
“We are honored to be part of the winning FlyOhio team and look forward to helping NASA advance the entire AAM ecosystem through operational testing and demonstration approach, robust technology research and evaluation activities, and collaboration with community organizations and stakeholders,” said Amit Ganjoo, Founder and CEO for ANRA.
This agreement provides the FlyOhio team an opportunity to collaborate with NASA on multi-modal transportation planning, modeling, and simulations of the AAM portion of a transportation system, public acceptance (including noise issues), community engagement, infrastructure planning, contingency planning for opportunities to demonstrate AAM operations in various scenarios.
“Advanced Air Mobility technology is revolutionizing the transportation industry and Ohio is well-positioned to lead market adoption as these solutions scale. At DriveOhio, we are committed to developing and deploying connected, automated, shared, and electric vehicles and infrastructure on the ground and in the air. This program is a manifestation of that ethos, and we are excited to increase the advanced aviation investment in Ohio’s economy,” said Howard Wood, executive director at DriveOhio.
NASA states AAM can be characterized by: (1) novel vehicle configurations that are enabled by the electrification of the propulsion system inclusive of all-electric and hybrid-electric propulsion architectures; (2) levels of vehicle autonomous operations and reduced pilot/operator workload while achieving improved trajectory compliance; and (3) operations at densities that cannot be managed by current air traffic management system architectures.
ANRA completed NASA AAM NC (X3) simulations in 2020 as a PSU, testing scenarios in a simulated environment. ANRA will continue development to expand its capability to provide services to novel, increasingly autonomous vehicles to reduce workload demand while improving safety at higher operational densities.
About ANRA Technologies
ANRA Technologies, Inc. is a leading international provider of end-to-end drone operations and traffic management solutions for autonomous aircraft system operators and airspace managers. ANRA offers intelligent and modular traffic management software capabilities as part of the SmartSkiesTM family for UAS Traffic Management (UTM) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) operations. For organizations that need an enterprise-class drone operations solution, we offer SmartSkiesTM Mission Manager and for delivery solutions, we offer SmartSkiesTM Delivery. The platforms have been rigorously tested and vetted by the world’s foremost government aviation authorities and are operational today in multiple locations worldwide. ANRA participates in numerous standards development organizations, policy groups, and trade associations. ANRA Technologies, Inc. is headquartered in Washington DC with regional offices in London and New Delhi. Learn more by visiting www.flyanra.com
An initiative of DriveOhio, FlyOhio operates out of the Ohio Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Center and seeks to make Ohio airspace among the first in the nation ready to fly beyond line of sight. FlyOhio works with public, private, and academic partners to develop, test, and deploy the technology needed for drones to safely fly long distances without fear of collision, ultimately bringing the use of unmanned aircraft for freight, package, and personal transportation closer to reality.