Deutsche Post DHL and Deutsche Telekom are looking for a strong entry into the drone business.
DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung, Deutsche Telekom as well as Deutsche Post DHL Group and RWTH Aachen University are to launch a joint research project on drones. At the DFS technology conference, The Drone Challenge, held in Langen, Germany, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung, Deutsche Telekom and DHL Parcel will sign an agreement to research concrete applications of unmanned aircraft. The objective is the safe integration of unmanned aircraft in air traffic.
In the future, the mobile network could be used for the surveillance and monitoring of unmanned aircraft beyond the remote pilot’s line of sight. The new technology will be tested in concrete applications. One application is the delivery of parcels. DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung, Deutsche Telekom and DHL Parcel together with the RWTH Aachen University have launched a research project to study the possibilities.
One goal of this project is to examine if Deutsche Telekom’s mobile network can be used to connect unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to the mobile internet. A prototype for a UAS traffic management system (UTM) is also to be developed to raise the safety level in uncontrolled airspace and allow flights over larger distances. Finally, the safe and rapid delivery of parcels in urban areas using autonomous aircraft is to be tested, which will open up the chance to offer new logistics services.
“It is essential for the safe and fair integration of unmanned systems in air traffic that they are connected to the existing air navigation services infrastructure”, stresses Klaus-Dieter Scheurle, CEO of DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH. As part of the research project, which is scheduled to begin in 2017, three different uses of UAS will be examined: fire-fighting, agriculture and logistics.
All those involved are also interested in proving the business case underlying such an overall system.