Frequentis is an international supplier of communication and information systems for control centres with safety-critical tasks.

The  integration of UTM solutions with existing components already tested and proven in ATM is a requirement for successful airspace management across all types of users.

Frequentis is supporting Operation Zenith by to enable the integration of UTM and ATM operations through the use of already widely deployed Frequentis Group solutions – smartSTRIPS electronic flight strips,  CADAS-ATS and AIDA-NG aeronautical message handling system.

uAvionix develops the world’s smallest, lightest and most affordable ADS-B transceivers, transponders, and GNSS receivers.   In the UK, uAvionix is the provider of SkyEcho – the leading  UK CAA approved CAP1391 Electronic Conspicuity (EC) device.  Additionally, in partnership with SkyDemon electronic flight bag application, uAvionix has deployed a ground based network of ADS-B surveillance and broadcast stations– providing subscription-free live weather to General Aviation pilots with SkyEcho or other compatible ADS-B receivers.  For Operation Zenith, uAvionix is leveraging this ground network to broadcast non-cooperative unmanned aircraft locations via UTM-Rebroadcast technology to manned pilots with ADS-B receivers.  This enables the manned aircraft operating in the vicinity of Manchester International to electronically visualize drone operation locations as if they were transmitting ADS-B natively.  In addition to this core technology – both manned and unmanned aircraft participants in Operation Zenith will be flying with uAvionix ADS-B and EC products.

DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, was founded and is run by people with a passion for remote-controlled helicopters and experts in flight-control technology and camera stabilization. The company is dedicated to making aerial photography and filmmaking equipment and platforms more accessible, reliable and easier to use for creators and innovators around the world. DJI’s global operations currently span across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and its revolutionary products and solutions have been chosen by customers in over 100 countries for applications in filmmaking, construction, inspection, emergency response, agriculture, conservation and other industries.

DJI products are the majority of the drones operated in Zenith and DJI’s AeroScope, a solution to identify and monitor airborne drones and addressing safety, security and privacy concerns is integrated with the Guardian UTM platform in Zenith.

AeroScope uses the existing communications link between a drone and its remote controller to broadcast identification information such as a registration or serial number, as well as basic telemetry, including location, altitude, speed and direction. Air Traffic Control, Police, security agencies, aviation authorities and other authorized parties can use AeroScope data within Guardian UTM to monitor, analyse and act on that information.

Callen-Lenz Group provides innovative technology solutions and complementary
technical consultancy across all aspects of manned and unmanned aviation development. Future efficiencies and evolving technologies mean the rate of change in robotics, automation, and autonomy is considerable, and showing no signs of slowing down, placing our ground-breaking technological solutions at the forefront of automation – pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.

The Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) is a neutral, not-for-profit, Technology and Innovation company full of energetic, capable, technologists and business experts. We are undertaking applied research projects in collaboration with academia, SMEs and Industry with the aim of making UK a world leader in Transport Innovation.

The Aerial Robotics Research at the university has had over £20m in funding since 2010. It is the Leader of CASCADE, a 5-year research program that groups the top 5 UK university robotics departments to develop the technology required for the full aerospace integration and routine use of aerial robots in science and civil applications. It is also a member of ASSURE, the FAA Centre of Excellence for UAS Research (the only university outside the USA) and a member of the National Autonomy Centre in collaboration with BAE Systems. The university has world-class facilities, including, Boldrewood Innovation Campus UAV Laboratory, Command, control and communications vehicles and a Maritime Robotics Laboratory.

Paul Fassam Geomatics are Chartered Land Surveyors.

  1. Aerodrome Safety Surveys.
  2. Topographic UAS Surveys.
  3. Close range Photogrammetry.

Our role in Op Zenith is to carry out a UAS (drone) runway inspection survey.

University of Manchester, School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering Autonomous Systems research group Research focus: Scalability of UAV operations Role in Zenith: Demonstration partner – Aerial sampling Work supported by the EPSRC CASCADE programme.

The National Police Air Service (NPAS) provides air support to 43 police forces across England and Wales, using a fleet of 19 helicopters operating from a national network bases. These helicopters are all equipped with a powerful daylight/ infrared camera, searchlight and mission system which allows them to assist with searches, tracking, surveillance and command and control during police incidents. Police forces are increasingly using drones to assist with searches and NPAS is participating in Op Zenith to aid the development of deconfliction measures during joint helicopter / drone missions.

At Consortiq, we help organizations globally to put drones in the sky safely. We combine award winning mission management software, consulting and our internationally recognized award winning training to help organizations scale up the use of drone technology from proof of concept through company roll out. We have clients in Kenya, South Africa, Ecuador and Portugal, in addition to our home territories in the UK and USA. Consortiq has trained over 1,000 operators globally and has proven itself internationally to be a leader in the UAS training world.

Consortiq’s Safety Management System, CQNet, is a platform that is designed to manage virtually any UAS operation, including pre-flight risk assessments and management, aircraft maintenance schedules, and both pre-flight and post-flight checklists. The Flight Operations Portal keeps all data in one spot, maximizing efficiency for each mission; the system is platform agnostic and can integrate with any drone.

Vodafone is delighted to support Altitude Angel, NATS and our long standing customer Manchester Airports Group during the Operation Zenith demonstration. By harvesting data from Vodafone’s cloud integrated drone detection service powered by DeDrone, it ensures that a holistic view of all drone traffic is captured and threats are identified in real-time during the display. Vodafone Group is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. For more information, please visit:

Dedrone is the market and technology leader in airspace security. The Dedrone platform combines hardware sensors and machine-learning software, providing early warning, classification of, and mitigation against all drone threats. Based in San Francisco, Dedrone was founded in 2014 and is backed by investors including Felicis Ventures, Menlo Ventures, and John Chambers, Chairman Emeritus of Cisco Systems and founder of JC2 Ventures.

Heliguy are the UK’s leading drone specialists, offering retail, rental, training, support, repairs and innovative bespoke builds for a range of clients.

Their mission is to honestly advise, support & provide additional services; enabling people & businesses to advance faster in the commercial drone industry. Heliguy are also a CAA Approved National Qualified Entity (NQE), offering expert training towards a Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO). Find out more at