Automated Low-Altitude Air Delivery – Heading Towards Autonomous Cargo Transportation with Drones

by Johann Dauer, Project leader, German Aerospace Center (DLR)

DLR, the German Aerospace Center, has conducted a research project between 2016 and 2019 on cargo drones with one metric ton payload capacity. This project took advantage of a newly established operational risk approach, introducing a new perspective on regulating the safety of unmanned aviation.

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Unmanned Low-altitude Air Cargo – Towards Demonstration With A Specific Operational Risk Assessment – Presented by Florian-Michael Adolf, DLR

Florian Michael Adolf

Unmanned Low-altitude Air Cargo – Towards Demonstration With A Specific Operational Risk Assessment – Presented by Florian-Michael Adolf, German Aerospace Center (DLR), at the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, which takes place on 23 November 2017, Avio Aero, Rivalta di Torino, Italy.

At DLR (German Aerospace Center) novel concepts and technologies are investigated focusing on automated air cargo delivery for up to 1 t of cargo payload. The DLR project ALAADy (Automated Low Altitude Air Delivery) addresses a large scope of challenges that come along with such an unmanned aircraft for cargo operations. This presentation will provide an update on the project as well as a status on latest developments, i.e. from use cases and towards our demonstration goal. The discussed aspects comprise a blend of use case requirements and a discussion of onboard functional requirements such that a safe operation under the prospective EASA specific category would be admissible and feasible in very low level flight. Continue reading “Unmanned Low-altitude Air Cargo – Towards Demonstration With A Specific Operational Risk Assessment – Presented by Florian-Michael Adolf, DLR”