Stockholm City maps existing and potential landing sites for drone operations

Linkӧping University student Adam Mitry has collected information on existing and potential landing sites for drone operations as part of an EU-funded research programme. Stockholm City needed to map the kinds of landing site solutions available for drones based on two use cases; data collection and medical delivery.

Adam Mitry identified the sites based on research on the internet, articles and blogs. “New companies popped up more or less every day which meant I had to put a time limit,” he explains.

He categorized the landing sites into six categories where three and four were the most promising based on the use cases. Category three is usually known as a “drone in a box” solution, where the drone is secured and getting charged in-between flights. Category four is quite similar but has a built-in loading system, meaning it is easy to exchange packages at the landing site via the drone.

The location depends upon the application, says Adam Mitry. “For use cases that demand sending and retrieving packages, it is necessary to place the landing site at an easy accessible location. For other use cases, i.e traffic monitoring, when the access to the landing site is not as important, rooftops seems to be quite useful.

“What struck me the most was the amount of terms, definitions and vocabulary that are used at the moment in the field of landing site solutions for drones. One of my conclusions is that we need to discuss, define and name each and every landing site solution for drones in order to reduce the confusion and accelerate the development in this area,” he says.

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