Drone Helipad initiative launched to support drone deliveries in Brno, Czechia

The Drone Helipad project aims to open up  the possibility of fast and efficient package transportation in cities and even in remote and hard-to-reach locations. The project is a partnership between 3L Robotics and Honeywell Aerospace with support from the European Space Agency (ESA).

For 3L Robotics, the Drone Helipad aims to transform the way deliveries are made in the city centre of Brno, Czechia. Officially initiated last year, the Drone Helipad is located on the roof of Building I, to quickly respond to demand while reducing traffic congestion on the roads.

Together with Honeywell Aerospace, 3L Robotics is integrating its technologies into the drone control system, enabling more efficient and safer drone coordination and ensuring transport routes between individual helipads. “Honeywell is developing a certifiable ground control station that will help verify vertiport availability, check weather conditions for flight, and assist with flight operations, including returning to base,” says Jan Beran, CGS Architect from Honeywell.

Honeywell has experience with a range of technologies needed for the ground control station and continues to innovate its solutions through projects within SESAR 3.

The European Space Agency (ESA) supports the initiative with financing and international collaboration. “This intriguing project showcases the opportunities that arise from combining space industry technologies with drone technologies on Earth. We are pleased to have chosen such a project for our Business Innovation Center,” says Michal Kuneš, Head of ESA BIC Incubators. “Collaborating with ESA will provide us with crucial knowledge and resources essential for the successful development of our project,” adds Luboš Lněnička.

3L Robotics includes a team of experienced engineers from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Business, and Civil Engineering at VUT leading the Drone Helipad project. This team has already contributed to the initial designs and demo tests, which will play a crucial role in the project’s further development, says the press release.

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