See urban air mobility made in Hamburg during ITS

UAVs to take centre at congress
12 October 2021
Drohne Medifly

Hamburg will showcase tomorrow's intelligent mobility and smart logistics when the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress opens its doors Monday (October 11-15, 2021) under the theme of “Experience Future Mobility Now" at the new CCH. Urban Air Mobility (UAM) is among the many agenda-setting themes and several Hamburg-based  firms and projects will take to the skies to illustrate their potential. Hamburg News presents the UAV trends of the future and reveals where they can be experienced up close during the congress.

Urban air mobility of the future 

Michael Westhagemann, Senator for Economics, remarked: "The ITS World Congress is the largest flagship event for intelligent transport systems and services and offers us the opportunity to present our innovative projects in Hamburg to the world. That applies especially to the use of urban airspace. We want to make all that concrete and tangible. The more tangible the ideas are, the greater the acceptance," he added. During the free Public Day on October 14, people all over the Hamburg Metropolitan Region can watch live demonstrations in the Homeport real lab and visit the ITS exhibition.


FALKE UAV project
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FALKE: Interceptor drone releases its net

Every second counts for Medifly and FALKE

The Medifly project offers real added value and its drones have transported urgently needed medical supplies  including medicines, laboratory or tissue samples since last year. Tests in Hamburg aim to ensure rapid patient care and to relieve road traffic simultaneously. In contrast, the FALKE project intercepts illegally intruding drones at airports via a network. A first field test to intercept a non-cooperative drone was successfully completed at Hamburg Airport in September. Both projects can be experienced in the Homeport real laboratory, which will be transformed into a "drone port" for the duration of the congress.


Hamburg - EU model region for UAVs

Hamburg has developed the civilian use of drones since 2018. Clever solutions are needed to capture and co-ordinate the ever-increasing number of drone flights. The Hamburg-based start-up Flynex is the brain behind one of Europe's most widely used drone management platforms. And Germany's first test field for an urban drone airspace is above the Port of Hamburg. The results of the seven-month project should serve as a blueprint for Germany and Europe. The so-called U-Space Reallabor will be presented on Wednesday (October 13) as part of an Urban Air Mobility Forum at CCH. Meanwhile, UDVeo (Urban Drone Traffic Efficiently Organized) is working on an authorized control centre for safe and efficient drone traffic. 

Windrove network and Urban Air Mobility Forum

The Windrove drone network will go on show in CCH's "Urban Air Mobility Village". The founders of Airial Robotics will show the next generation of UAVs. The "GT 20" model is already being deployed in the Medifly project, and combines the looks and features of an airplane and a helicopter. The Kojak project, on the other hand, demonstrates how artificial intelligence can help avoid drone collisions. The two-day Urban Air Mobility Forum (October 12-13) is being held parallel to ITS. Organized by the Hamburg Port Authority, the Austrian Austro Control and Hamburg Aviation, top-class keynote speakers will give glimpses of urban air mobility in future