Andrew Fell of TTP Holds New Iris Terminal

Inmarsat and TTP Partner to Propel Integration of UAVs into Commercial Airspace

by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby

This week, Inmarsat and the European Space Agency (ESA) announced the development of a compact satellite terminal for Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) as part of the Iris air traffic modernization program, which seeks to drive the integration of UAVs into commercial airspace.

TTP will provide the major technology for a low size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-C) terminal featuring an integrated antenna. Available later this year, the terminal will be compatible with nearly all UAVs, offering a constant, secure datalink between uncrewed vehicles, remote operators and air traffic control.

Granting scalable Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations, the terminal opens a number of options for flight operators including telemetry for platform health monitoring, IP voice relay for air traffic control…