Hamburg opens dronePORT with HHLA Sky control centre

HHLA Sky has provided new technology for automated drone flights at the recently opened dronePORT Hamburg. 

Opened on June 14 by the Hamburg Port Authority, Hamburg Police and Hamburg Aviation, dronePORT Hamburg is a ground infrastructure facility focusing on uncrewed aerial systems and mobile sensor technology. In future, a wide variety of missions will be initiated and monitored from the dronePORT, with potential for both public and private-sector use.

HHLA Sky, a subsidiary of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), provides drones for inspecting the Port of Hamburg and shipping lanes as well as the technology required for automated drone control and management of the drone fleet: the Integrated Control Centre. The software makes flights beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) possible and drone operations scalable, while offering additional cybersecurity and safety capabilities.

HHLA Sky describes the Integrated Control Centre as a “mobile robot management system” that enables BVLOS drone flights over long distances for various applications, such as infrastructure inspection. An operator in the control centre monitors the flights and can intervene at any time. The system enables one operator to monitor several drone flights at the same time. It is designed to handle more than 100 BVLOS-automated drone flights simultaneously.

In addition to HHLA Sky, the port authority and the Hamburg Police, other partners such as Hamburg’s State Agency for Roads, Bridges and Waterways (LSBG), Beagle Systems, Flynex, ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research, the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg) and EmQopter also presented their products and projects – including CITYAM and BLU-Space at the dronePORT opening.

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