Nitin Gadkari Unveils Skye Air UTM – India’s First Traffic Management System For Drones

Traffic management system

The Skye UTM is India’s most cutting-edge traffic management system, capable of managing 4,000 drone flights per hour with real-time monitoring.


  • Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, announced the launch of the new Sky Air UTM drones on 8th February.
  • These new surveillance drones are capable of recording real time live footage from the drone’s camera in its black box.
  • Apart from transportation, these drones will also be used in other sectors like agriculture, construction, defense, real estate, and health care.

India recently launched its first surveillance drone – the Skye Air UTM, a few days ago. This announcement was made by the Indian Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways  Nitin Gadkari.

All the drones will be connected to the Skye UTM traffic management surveillance system. This will allow the drones to navigate themselves automatically, along with an automatic assessment of traffic risks.

Ankit Kumar, the CEO of Skye Air, commented that

“Since requirements for situational awareness have become necessary for drone pilots, regulators, and controllers who need real time information about the drones in the sky will find its real time surveillance to be the perfect solution.”

Apart from its use in monitoring roads and highways for construction projects and preventing accidents, it will have support for recording live footage as well. This will be possible because of the drone’s use of a black box that stores all recorded footage of UAV movements in a 255-parameter radius. In addition, the drone airspaces’ 3D view can also be generated using Skye Air UTM.

So far, the company has successfully completed 300 Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) test flights.

The Union Minister has been highly vocal and supportive of the use of these drones, which are some of the best in the world. He proclaimed,

Now is the right time for Indian drone startups to lead the industry.”

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