01 November 2022
Successful flights in Aachen for the SAFIR-Med project
On October 26, the latest test flights took place as part of the SAFIR-Med project. SAFIR-Med is investigating the use of drones in the healthcare sector. To this end, several flight demonstrations are being conducted. Among other things, the use of drones in a U-Space is simulated. This time, the drones were flown in Aachen. Here, drone-based medical transport in German airspace was tested as part of the demonstration planned for that day. A total distance of 3.3 km was covered.
The flight demonstration was carried out by flyXdrive GmbH and their UAS TW-neo. The UAS was continuously connected to the Mobile Mission Control Station of the Institute of Flight System Dynamics at RWTH Aachen University via several mobile radio links. All telemetry data required for reliable continuous monitoring from a distance were transmitted via this connection, thus eliminating the need for visual contact with the aircraft. The telemetry data was also made available to the Helicus Command and Control Station, which was thus able to monitor the flight from Belgium. Flight planning was carried out in advance by flyXdrive and transmitted to the aircraft.
Droniq GmbH took over the role of the U-Space Service Provider (USSP) during the flight. The USSP coordinates drone traffic in a U-Space. For this purpose, the USSP provides four "mandatory services" to the traffic participants. The services were provided within the scope of the project via the traffic management system for drones (UTM) marketed by Droniq. The TW-neo was connected to the Droniq system via a direct integration.
The city of Aachen was also present to monitor the operation as a co-responsible party of the MAHHL demo event at the catch-up date for September 1. In this way, the expertise regarding the operational execution of such missions can be strengthened from a city perspective. This in turn helps in public communication but also in identifying areas of responsibility to be created at the municipal level to facilitate planning and approval of future air missions.