DLR Symposium on Automated Low-Altitude Air Delivery

Popular projects of Amazon, DHL, UPS, Boeing and recently formed knowledge centers in the context of unmanned cargo aircraft show the increasing interest in unmanned airborne transportation. Moving forward with new concepts, DLR (German Aerospace Center) has conducted a four year research project between 2016 and 2019 on cargo drones with up to a 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.

The Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA) first determines the risk that the drone poses to its environment and then defines the certification process, requirements on the manufacturer, and the operator to ensure safe operation. The ALAADy project assumed two core operational limits to reduce the operational risk: flight in very low level altitudes below common air traffic and only over sparsely populated areas. At the same time, we have challenged the limits of the SORA based approach on the other side of the risk scale with heavy aircraft.

Johann Dauer and Sven Lorenz are the organisers. Location is the DLR office in Braunschweig, Germany. The event will take place on 6 November 2019. See the website for more info and registration.

Johann Dauer will be speaking at the Umanned Cargo Aicraft Conference, December 4 in Amsterdam as well.