ALAADy stands for Automated Low Altitude Air DeliverY. What is meant by this is a new approach to the transportation of goods using automated aircraft. At the DLR research project centre there is a new kind of transport drone which causes minimum damage to its surroundings when forced to make an emergency landing.
It is flown using specially planned routes which as far as possible only overfly areas with a low risk of damage, for example uninhabited areas or bodies of water. These are referred to as minimum risk configurations. Altogether this results in a procedure which achieves a high level of safety for people and surroundings without the need for major technical input.
Participating in this research project are the DLR Institutes of Flight Systems, Flight Guidance, Communications and Navigation, Air Transportation Systems, Engineering Thermodynamics and Aeroelasticity.
As part of ALAADy, the Institute of Flight Guidance is developing concepts for integrating drones into airspace and is expanding its UAV ground station by adding functions required for low altitude flight guidance.
DLR-Institut für Flugsystemtechnik (Lead)
DLR-Institut für Flugführung
DLR-Institut für Flughafenwesen und Luftverkehr
DLR-Institut für Kommunikation und Navigation
DLR-Institut für Technische Thermodynamik
DLR-Institut für Aeroelastik