Autonomous Flight Testing

November 2019

Before self-flying planes can be used every day, a lot of tests will need to be out carried. But where to perform such experiments?

Stuttgart University is heading a project aiming to support the development of energy-efficient, electric, autonomous flight by establishing two testing areas in southern Germany. One will concentrate on urban flying, while the other will focus on autonomous flight.

“The two locations are excellently suited to their respective purposes and ideally complement one another,” says project director Walter Fichter. “What’s more, with this initiative we have created the ability to react flexibly in Baden-Württemberg to future developments.”

The Ministry for Economy, Labor and Home Construction in the southwestern German state is underwriting the project to the tune of 1.3 million euros.

Volocopter over Stuttgart © Volocopter