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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Automated Low Altitude Air Delivery – Presented by Johann Dauer, German Aerospace Center

Johann Dauer

Automated Low Altitude Air Delivery – Presented by Johann Dauer, German Aerospace Center at the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, which takes place on June 13, 2017, at Maaspoort, Venlo, The Netherlands.

At DLR (German Aerospace Center) new concepts and technologies are investigated focusing on automated air cargo delivery of around 1 t of payload. Within the DLR project ALAADy (Automated Low Altitude Air Delivery) a large scope of necessary aspects are investigated starting from possible use-cases and different aircraft configurations and ranging to airspace integration and the development of new flight software components needed for safe operation. The feasibility of the derived concepts is analyzed within a full system simulation. Newly presented concepts of operation of drones including the specific operation risk assessment is also under investigation to determine if a unmanned aircraft system of this scale can be operated within the EASA specific category in very low level flight.

About Johann Dauer
Since 2008 Research Scientist at DLR in Braunschweig in the research field of unmanned aircraft.

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