National Test Center for Unmanned Aerial Systems opened

Johanna Koyser
31.03.2021
2 minutes

It is not only a first for Germany, but for all of Europe. Today, the National Test Center for Unmanned Aerial Systems opened in Cochstedt, Saxony-Anhalt. The test site, located on a former airfield of Soviet forces, will be available not only to large research institutions such as DLR, but also to small start-ups.

But why is such a test center for unmanned aerial systems important? The answer is quite simple. After all, there have been many aviation innovations focused on unmanned flight, and not just since this year. Numerous mobility solutions for the future are based on remote control systems, such as Urban Air Mobility. However, until now, there has been no centralized location for collaborative research and testing to optimize such technologies. The research teams of individual projects had to rely on their own testing facilities. As of today, knowledge and innovations can now be pooled at the Test Center for UAS in Cochstedt, confirms Prof. Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla of DLR.

The opening of the National Test Center for Unmanned Aerial Systems at our Cochstedt site marks the start of a facility of this kind that is unique in Europe. DLR’s capabilities and competencies in the field of unmanned aerial systems will be concentrated here.

Prof. Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, Chairman of the DLR Executive Board

We at WingMag are very excited to see how the test center develops in the coming months and years. Possibly, innovations such as Urban Air Mobility can thus be implemented even faster than previously thought.

Picture © DLR (CC-BY 3.0)

by Johanna Koyser

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