The Air Transport Division is part of the Ministry of Economics and Innovation (BWI) of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, where it is located in the Economics Department. Here, both ministerial and political tasks as well as operational tasks under Federal mandate are dealt with. The latter includes e.g. the approval and supervision of the airport and the other landing sites on Hamburg territory, the special use of airspace, especially by unmanned aerial systems, and the licensing of private pilots and reliability tests. The division is headed by Dr Judith Reuter.

The UDVeo research project also includes the recognition and development of legislation in the UAV sector. Karlotta Victor, herself a member of the Air Traffic Department, monitors and contributes to current legislative proposals at Federal or European level for the project (she acts as an interface to the Chair of Public Law at Helmut Schmidt University). The participation of the Air Transport Division in the project enables an exchange between UDVeo and the various actors in the field of legislation and administration.

Authority for economy and innovation Hamburg (BWI), Alter Steinweg 4, 20459 Hamburg

consider it is “co-creating the digital future”. This means that we enable companies to use modern technologies such as machine learning, M2M communication and electronic consensus mechanisms. Specifically, we support product development (TRL 4-8) from the technical development to the finished demonstrator that is integrated into a system. In the past, we have been able to build up a broad basic knowledge in various industries, such as automotive, logistics, adaptive manufacturing, insurance and aerospace, through cooperation with our customers. For 10 years now, we have also been using research projects again and again to keep up to date. This also benefits our customers, whom we would like to support in the future when applying for research projects. With regard to UDVeo, we can contribute our expertise in the areas of M2M communication and electronic consensus mechanisms. Therefore, we want to contribute in particular to the secure identification of drones and pilots (e.g. with secure elements and smart cards), as well as the secure communication between drones and UTM system (e.g. using IEEE 802.11p and ETSI ITS-G5).

consider it GmbH (CIT), Max-Brauer-Allee 46, 22765 Hamburg

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR) is the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport, security and digitalisation is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. DLR is also responsible for the planning and implementation of Germany’s space activities on behalf of the federal government. DLR is also the umbrella organisation for one of Germany’s largest project management agencies. DLR Air Transportation Systems in Hamburg stands for research and teaching in the field of system understanding for the complex interrelationships of air transport. Research includes concepts, preliminary designs and optimisation of subsystems as well as simulation and evaluation of entire air transportation systems with regard to the sustainability criteria of economy and ecology. The institute has established a system competence within DLR that enables reliable statements regarding the air transportation system and its subsystems.

Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR), Linder Höhe, 51147 Köln

HHLA Sky has developed the first globally scalable end-to-end drone system. The system permits safe operation of drones beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). The solution can be fully integrated by the customer into his own business processes or operated by HHLA Sky as a service. HHLA’s subsidiary analyses the requirements, finds the appropriate, often highly specialized solution in dialogue and implements it directly. As a pioneer in the operation of unmanned drones, HHLA Sky will therefore be participating in the forward-looking “UDVeo” project.

HHLA Sky GmbH, Bei St. Annen 1, 20457 Hamburg

The Helmut Schmidt University is a place of science. It lives the idea of education through science. With its research and teaching, the university is a science partner of the federal government and strives to open up further, especially in the context of European integration. It is committed to the ideal of a diversity of disciplines and scientific cultures and to international scientific cooperation. Two professorships from HSU are involved in the UDVeo project:

The Chair of Public Law, in particular Public Economic and Environmental Law, works with the BWI on the legal aspects of the project. Based on a real area analysis, the applicable legal framework will researched in order to identify requirements and objectives for the overall concept and to identify regulatory needs. Taking into account interdependencies, management objectives and instruments, known concepts, e.g. from regulatory administration or the organisation of other traffic (road, sea), are compared with the requirements of the overall concept, checked for their accuracy of fit and further developed for urban airspace.

The Chair of Automation Technology is responsible for the conceptual design of the overall system and the development of a functional architecture. Furthermore, centralized and decentralized control approaches for the organization of airspace are being developed. In this context, scalability with increasing numbers of drones and a high degree of automation are of particular importance. Additionally, the Chair of Automation Technology is responsible for organisational project management including cosortium coordination and public relations.

Helmut-Schmidt-Universität – Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg, Holstenhofweg 85, 22039 Hamburg

NXP Semiconductors N.V. enables secure connections for a smarter world, advancing solutions that make lives easier, better, and safer. As the world leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications, NXP is driving innovation in the automotive, industrial & IoT, mobile, and communication infrastructure markets. The company has approximately 29,000 employees in more than 30 countries. NXP’s corporate headquarter is based in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. NXP generated sales of 8.88 billion US dollars in 2019. NXP Semiconductors Germany GmbH has around 1,200 permanent employees at its locations in Hamburg, Dresden as well as Munich and Stuttgart. The headquarters of NXP Semiconductors Germany GmbH is located in Hamburg.

NXP’s Mobile Robotics Team will provide the project with its solutions around NFC technology, EdgeLock™ SE050 Secure Element Hardware for pilot and drone registration, as well as Drone-to-X communication for communication between drones (cooperative awareness) and between drone and infrastructure (UTM services) on the ground.

NXP’s Mobile Robotics team is working on reference designs based on automotive qualified hardware solutions for the UAV / UAV market. This includes flight management units, companion computers, CAN interface and communication solutions based on WIFI.p and WIFI.6.

Evaluation of an Unique Communication Interface System D2X for Uavs Intercommunicating with air and Ground UTM Users – DLR City-ATM Project –

NXP Semiconductors Germany GmbH (NXP), Troplowitzstrasse 20, 22529 Hamburg

At our headquarters in Bielefeld, Germany, we founded the company at the beginning of 2017 with long and extensive experience in the industrial drones sector. Our team is specialized in business development, manufacturing and sales of more than one hundred professional drones and has more than one thousand hours of flight experience in virtually all application areas, scenarios and parts of the world. Based on this know-how, Third Element Aviation was founded to develop not only reliable flight systems, but complete UAV-based application packages – from initial consultation to after-sales service. Our goal is to redefine the industry standard for commercial drones.

Third Element Aviation GmbH (TEA), Krackser Str. 12, 33659 Bielefeld

As a software company, WPS has many years of experience in the analysis and design of business processes, reorganization of application landscapes as well as software design, especially with a focus on industrial control systems. The WPS will contribute its modelling techniques (such as DomainStorytelling) for requirements engineering and long term design experience of large software systems to the UDVeo project. The design of industrial control systems must ensure an appropriate division of labour between man and machine. In previous research projects WPS has developed concepts how a division of tasks according to the respective strengths is reasonable and how man and machine can cooperate (see WPS will contribute this knowledge to the design of the degree of automation of the application and approval processes for UAV flights and the development of a UAV control system. The usability of the software tools plays a decisive role in the design of control systems, since this has an enormous influence on operational safety. Over the past years, WPS has added a usability process to the software development process and has developed solutions how both processes interact in agile projects. WPS will apply this know-how in the design of usable UTM solutions.

WPS Workplace Solutions GmbH, Hans-Henny-Jahnn-Weg 29, 22085 Hamburg