28 October 2022
Successful flights in Aachen for the SAFIR-Med project
Several flight demonstrations are conducted and simulations in U-Space are executed and studied, as part of the SAFIR-Med project activities, investigating the use of drones in the healthcare sector. On October 26, the latest test flights took place. This time, the drones were flown in Aachen to test drone-based medical transport in German airspace. The flight covered a total distance of 3.3 km.
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 was the U-Space Service Provider (USSP) during the flight. The USSP coordinates drone traffic in a certain region. For this purpose, the USSP provides four "mandatory services" to the traffic participants (“Traffic Information service”, “UAS flight authorization service”, “Geo-awareness service”, “Network identification service”). 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 over 4G.
The city of Aachen, that is a co-responsible party for the MAHHL demonstration, was also present to monitor the operation. The perspective of a local authority strengthened the expertise and knowledge gained regarding the operational execution of such missions. This in turn helps in public communication and contributes in identifying areas where responsibility to facilitate planning and approval of future air missions lies at the municipal level and the correspondent services need to be created.