The Open Source Interoperability Protocol for UAS Traffic Management

Welcome to Skyy Network. An autonomous, safe and redundant decentralised aviation data network.


We see a world of interoperable airspace services for the future of our skies.

Service providers must be able to co-exist and communicate with each other safely, securely, and with certainty over regulations and rules.

Simultaneously, Air Navigation Service Providers must have over-arching visibility and absolute control over their airspace remit. Easy.

Skyy Network is the high throughput, low latency bridge for that communication. A single-source data standard and digital airspace framework to allow the safe operation of drones in our airspace.


An open source, high-performance ledger connecting an industry.


To permit interoperability, data must be shared. Aeronautical information, static and dynamic geo-fences, and other data must be instantly promulgated through the network.

Skyy Network’s replicated state database maintains the low latency, fault tolerant global ‘state’ of airspace, delivering it to stakeholders as a single source of data truth.


For planned route or 4D airspace approvals to be granted in high density or complex airspace environments clearances must be issued and authorised. Skyy Network algorithms ensure deconfliction and organise safe separation via the network in the strategic and tactical phases, integrated with Air Navigation Service Providers, who maintain absolute visibility and control.

The outcome is real time airspace ‘state’ changes visible and replicated to all.


Drone ID, first responder priority, and flight over populated or restricted areas are just some of the issues around keeping people and property safe. In an autonomous (Skyy Network) world, rules are baked into the network and permissioned control resides with the designated authorities.

The outcome is granular autonomous and manual airspace controls, Drone ID & verifiable enforcement of rules for airspace administrators.


Micropayments. The beautiful un-sung benefit of Byzantine Fault Tolerant peer to peer digital asset transfer, exclusive to Distributed Ledger Technology. Air Navigation Service Providers can monetise airspace as they wish, via micropayments processed via Service Suppliers. ultra-dynamic airspace fees & charges are simple, transparent, instant and cost effective for the end user. Further, the network can pay nodes for participation & adding to network security.

It’s an emerging field called cryptoeconomics and is being used to grow networks in many industries around the world.


Our V1.0 whitepaper is still a Work In Progress, but we've published this conceptual draft with just a tickle of our research, so you can get an idea.


We propose a distributed and agent-based system with protocol-level regulatory and economic policies that will permit a highly autonomous, safe, predictable and efficient global aviation network. A distributed but permissioned ledger based on Hyperledger maintains a single source of truth for mapping, airspace, weather, traffic and compliance rules. Regulators such as the FAA, EASA, CASA and CAA share endorser rights to coordinate the ruleset of the network, but without single-point-of-failure risk. Permitted nodes perform updates to the ledger with byzantine fault tolerance which generates a highly redundant system that is immune to data corruption.

Direct and controlled public access removes any need for information-arbitraging intermediaries or third-party data manipulation, improving the speed of propagation and distribution penetration of validated aviation data. Agents on the network include SkyyPads and SkyyDrones that operate with remote attestation to ensure end-point security in trustless environments for full compliance of hardware, software and sensor rules.

An additional protocol-level economic layer provides the correct incentives for agents to behave in an optimal and efficient way for the betterment of the network. Users pay for network access by renting on-demand the network infrastructure to fly cargo or passengers along routes to destinations. Users can also pay to query the global state of maps, routes, traffic and weather. Flights are coordinated and authorised by consensus rules that provide trustless certainty to safety and deconfliction, regardless of traffic volume, weather or routing. Sky Network will progressively replace all existing intra-city, regional, domestic and international aviation networks.


We’re building an open public infrastructure for aviation, from an industry neutral position. It's free for airspace regulators, ANSP’s and industry to adopt, ultra secure and open source. If you would like to learn more, view the Whitepaper, or are interested in contributing please contact us.

From over 300 entries around the world, SKYYNETWORK is a proud finalist in the first Aviation Blockchain Challenge, sponsored by Lufthansa & SAP



Rory Houston


20 year awarded Aviation veteran with 3500+ hours flight & instructional time across military (F-18, Hawk Mk 127) civilian (A320) and Autonomous aviation (IAI Heron UAS Afghanistan AO). Previous company leadership in property & construction, import/export & technology.

John-Paul Thorbjornsen

Blockchain Architect/Co-Founder

Blockchain Architect and DLT advocate. Focused on blockchain technology since 2013, founder of Canya & Thorchain and is an advisor to multiple blockchain projects. Aeronautical engineer from UNSW, and former military pilot.

Kyle Hornberg

Operations Manager

Kyle has a Bachelor of Technology (Aviation) and is a Tactical Airlift pilot and Strategic Operations Manager with the RAAF. Kyle is the co-founder of Canya and has extensive experience in remote team scaling and optimising, project management and User Acceptance Testing.

Chris McLoughlin


Bachelor of Business from the Australia Defence Force Academy and Surveillance and Response pilot (B737 Wedgetail). More recently he has become adept with traditional and online marketing techniques building the Canya Blockchain ecosystem to over 100,000 participants.


Dr Aaron McFadyen


Accelerate research fellow in Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) discipline. In the aerospace domain, his research focuses on applied data analytics and optimization for unmanned traffic management (UTM) systems.

Michael Read


Michael is the founder of Skybase, an industry leading BLOS drone data service provider. Michael boasts an industry career spanning nearly 20 years in manned, unmanned and optionally piloted aviation, and across military, civilian and humanitarian operations, he is well placed to lead the establishment and growth of Skybase.

Alex Fleming


Alex is the co-founder and CTO of Skybase, an industry leading BLOS drone data service provider. He is a highly accomplished Aerospace Engineer. With business acumen incubated via an MBA at Carnegie Mellon, and a career filled with innovation and inventions in vertical flight aircraft, military jet engines, propulsion, alternative energy systems, data centres and mesh networking.


We'll get back to you ASAP.

Do you have an interest in advancing technology in aviation? How are you helping to advance autonomy? Do you manufacture, operate, or service supply drones? Are you an airspace co-ordinator or regulatory body? Do you want to build a dApp for drones on the Skyy Network Blockchain? We're interested in talking to industry participants that have their own unique vision for the future autonomous Skyy.
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