Volocopter’s VoloDrone Successfully Completes First Public Flight
by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby
Today at ITS Hamburg 2021, Volocopter’s electrical heavy-lift VoloDrone accomplished its first public flight. Alongside worldwide logistics chief DB Schenker, Volocopter, the city air mobility (UAM) pioneer, showcased VoloDrone’s seamless integration into the logistics provide chain with an end-to-end cargo transport simulation. The companions demonstrated their vital progress collectively since DB Schenker got here aboard as a strategic investor of Volocopter early final 12 months.
Taking off at 3:02 p.m. at homePORT Hamburg, the three minute check flight reached a most altitude of twenty-two meters. For this supply demonstration, the electrical heavy-lift utility drone was outfitted with a load-box in between its touchdown gears. First, the demonstration groups affixed a Euro-pallet sized cargo to the field below the VoloDrone, which was adopted by a clean take-off. Afterwards, the plane delivered the payload to a DB Schenker Cargo Bike and landed safely. Following the profitable supply, the Cargo Bike transported its cargo to the ultimate vacation spot below the realm’s park deck, finishing the absolutely electrical, multimodal last-mile supply.
“This first public VoloDrone flight is a robust signal for Volocopter´s main place within the UAM trade. We are the one UAM firm providing options for passengers and items which can be flying absolutely scaled and publicly around the globe,” stated Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter. “Our VoloDrone will make current logistics processes extra sturdy, environment friendly, and sustainable. DB Schenker is a useful associate in our endeavor to untap the large potential of our VoloDrone’s logistics use circumstances.”
“With the VoloDrone flight at the moment, we have been in a position to publicly reveal our profitable collaboration and the spectacular progress on DB Schenker’s innovation and sustainability roadmap for cleaner logistics,” commented Erik Wirsing, Vice President of Global Innovation at DB Schenker. “Volocopter has confirmed once more that they’re the best associate for DB Schenker’s ambition to rethink international provide chains and produce transport logistics to the subsequent dimension for our clients whereas saving emissions.”
The flight simulation held in Hamburg continues to construct upon the foundations of the static proof of idea (PoC) Volocopter and DB Schenker set in place in July earlier this 12 months in Stuttgart. The PoC established a blueprint of the right way to incorporate VoloDrone operations in logistics services globally. In finishing the primary public flight of the VoloDrone in Hamburg, Volocopter and DB Schenker have demonstrated how drone operations can develop the present logistics infrastructure for land or sea transport to kind utterly new provide chains and transport routes.
An uncrewed, absolutely electrical utility drone, the VoloDrone is designed to hold any of the six International Organization for Standardization (ISO) pallet sizes, weighing as much as 200 kilograms, over a 40-kilometer vary. The electrical vertical take-off and touchdown (eVTOL) plane is designed to finish difficult missions throughout numerous industries. As only one a part of Volocopter’s sturdy UAM plane portfolio for transporting passengers (VoloCity and VoloConnect) and items in cities, the VoloDrone is positioned to be deployed the place conventional transportation strategies attain their limits.
UAM employs progressive plane as a way to supply mobility options to metropolitan areas. As nicely as creating the plane, Volocopter is organizing the bodily (VoloPorts) and digital (VoloIQ) infrastructure to help these companies, that are positioned to launch within the subsequent 2-3 years. VoloIQ serves because the digital spine for operations. The platform will help ecosystem features corresponding to Approved Maintenance Organisation (AMO), Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation (CAMO), Flight Analytics, Vehicle Connectivity, Autonomous Operations, and extra.
The VoloDrone’s preliminary flight came about again in 2019. In the years following, common flight exams have been held at numerous airfields in Germany. The drone itself is 9.15 meters in diameter, 2.15 meters tall, and has a 600-kilogram most take-off weight (MTOW). Future VoloDrone operations can be completely electrical with autonomous past visible line of sight (BVLOS) capabilities.
Ian attended Dominican University of California, the place he obtained a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong ardour for writing and storytelling and a eager curiosity in know-how, he’s now contributing to DroneLife as a employees author.
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