Odense and Mannheim to host droneports for cargo drones – sUAS News – The Business of Drones
DRONAMICS, the world’s leading middle-mile cargo drone developer and operator, announces the expansion of its European Droneport Network with two new locations.
The new partners are Mannheim City Airport (Germany) and UAS Denmark Test Center hosted at Odense’s Hans Christian Andersen Airport (Denmark). Both will host the Dronamics Black Swan cargo aircraft, enabling same-day delivery service and providing access to more than 6 million people within a 1-hour drive of the airports. The expansion sees the DRONAMICS European Droneport network grow to a total of 42 locations in 14 European countries. Each droneport will enable same-day flights within the network using Dronamics flagship Black Swan large cargo drones, each with a capacity of 350 kg and a flying range of up to 2,500 km.
Mannheim airport comes as the 5th droneport location in Germany, providing access to the thriving technology hub of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region. Hans Christian Andersen Airport serves Denmark’s third-largest city and its manufacturing, robotics, and shipbuilding industries. Its strategic location provides excellent connectivity to Copenhagen and mainland Jutland.
“We now have our very first partner in Denmark and are expanding with an important 5th location in Germany which increases our coverage area in the country. We will continue our effort to grow our pan-European network of airport partners that will host a droneport for our same-day delivery service, and our ambition is to provide full coverage of all European countries within a day,” says Svilen Rangelov, Co-Founder and CEO of DRONAMICS.
“We are very pleased to welcome DRONAMICS to UAS Denmark Test Center. DRONAMICS’ vision of enabling same-day shipping over long distances is a perfect match with our ambitions of leading the integration of manned and unmanned air traffic. We are certain that both DRONAMICS and UAS Denmark Test Center will benefit from DRONAMICS becoming a part of our growing drone technology cluster in and around Hans Christian Andersen Airport.” states Michael Larsen, Head of UAS Denmark Test Center.
“DRONAMICS is an important partner in our efforts to develop Mannheim City Airport into one of the pioneering infrastructure facilities for the environmentally friendly development of aviation. We are convinced that the short distances at Mannheim City Airport and the existing infrastructure perfectly match the requirements of this future-oriented project,” comments Dirk Eggert, COO of City Airport Mannheim.
After the unveiling of the first unit of the Black Swan aircraft back in December 2021, DRONAMICS have scheduled their first commercial flights connecting Malta to Italy in 2022, followed by a gradual roll-out to other airports in the growing network.
About DRONAMICS: Based in London (UK) and Sofia (Bulgaria), DRONAMICS is the world’s leading developer and operator of large cargo drones. Its flagship Black Swan aircraft is able to carry 350 kg of cargo at a distance of up to 2,500 km. Operating at up to 80% lower cost than any aircraft in existence, the Black Swan enables same-day shipping over very long distances for e-commerce, pharma, and time-critical deliveries. Founded and funded by leading entrepreneurs and executives in aviation, logistics, and technology from the US, Europe, Africa and Asia, as well as by Founders Factory, Speedinvest and Eleven Capital, the company’s fast-growing team includes some of the world’s top aerospace and logistics experts and is the winner of numerous awards for innovation, including IATA’s Drone Innovation Award. DRONAMICS is IATA’s first Strategic Partner for drones worldwide, and has been named by the European Commission as a Top 10 EU-Africa startup.
About Mannheim City Airport:
Located in the heart of the Rhine-Neckar triangle, the City Airport Mannheim is an important aviation infrastructure in the metropolitan region. The City Airport is located between Frankfurt and Stuttgart, in the southwestern part of Germany in Baden Wurttemberg. The airport exists since 1926 and with around 40.000 aircraft movements per year and more than 150 based aircraft, has also gained in importance in general and business aviation. The airfield facilities are on the highest technical standards and were mostly installed or supplied by companies in the region. As a self-certified air traffic control provider, safety management is one of the top priorities.
About UAS Denmark: UAS Denmark Test Center is one of Northern Europe’s strongest hubs for the test and development of advanced drone technologies. UAS Denmark Test Center hosts R & D facilities, manufacturing space, and offices as well as a unique Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) air space. The center is a collaboration between Hans Christian Andersen Airport, Odense Municipality, and the University of Southern Denmark.
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