An impressive first at the Dutch-German border today. For the first time, a cross-border test flight was made with a rescue drone, from Germany to the Netherlands. The test flight is part of an Urban Air Mobility initiative in which several border cities in the region are participating.
Rescue drone makes a test flight from Germany to the Netherlands
The test flight was conducted from the international GrenzFlug project. This involves a collaboration between the Aachen University of Technology and the municipal administration of Aachen. The aim was to make a cross-border flight with a drone that has been developed to carry out search & rescue missions in the future.
The test marks a significant milestone for the Urban Air Mobility Initiative of the MAHHL cities (Maastricht, Aachen, Hasselt, Heerlen, and Liége). Sibylle Keupen, mayor of the city of Aachen: “Drones offer versatile innovation potential for our society. I am delighted that we can now develop such innovative technologies for citizens on both sides of the border.”
Rescue drone flies beyond-visual-line-of-sight
The Maverix drone can take off vertically like a helicopter and then flies on like an airplane. It covers long distances at high speed and works fully automatically, out of the pilot’s sight (BVLOS). The device can support emergency services during search and rescue, even in bad weather conditions.
The Technische Hogeschool Aachen is responsible for the further development of the unmanned flight system. In the future, this system must ensure that the drone automatically searches for a missing person in a specific area.
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