ALBACOPTER® Spreads Its Wings
Two vertical take-off drones for the research project
Two »Songbirds 150« from Germandrones were purchased as part of the ALBACOPTER® research project to test and validate innovative attitude control systems, autopilots, sensors and energy management systems. The VTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing) capable aircraft have a wingspan of 3 m and can carry a payload of up to 4 kg. This provides sufficient power for additional on-board computers and further sensors. As planned for the ALBACOPTER® 0.5 aircraft, these drones also have swivel drives, making research results adaptable and easy to use. In order to be able to control the drones, four remote pilots from Fraunhofer IEM and IVI took part in a training course lasting several days. On Aug. 26, 2021, the aircraft were handed over to the two institutes in Berlin Moabit.