Future of flying being developed in Kamenz

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09/25/2020 16:26

Future of flying being developed in Kamenz

Markus Forytta Unternehmenskommunikation
Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik IWS

    Fraunhofer IWS is founding member of the new competence
    center for autonomous and electric flying

    Commercial drones and air cabs will soon no
    longer be mere fantasies of the future. In order to bring new ideas for
    tomorrow's aviation to life, numerous partners together with the city of
    Kamenz as well as international companies and institutions founded the
    “Kompetenzzentrum autonomes und elektrisches Fliegen“. The aim is to create
    the framework conditions for field trials and extensive testing in this region.
    The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS participates as
    a founding member.

    The commercial airfield in Kamenz is the new location for the ”Kompetenzzentrum
    autonomes und elektrisches Fliegen“. There, a network of international partners
    bundles its expertise in electric and hybrid propulsion systems. In addition to the city of
    Kamenz, this includes Fraunhofer institutes, universities, more than 20 companies from
    a wide range of industries, as well as partners in Thuringia, Brandenburg, France,
    Poland and the Czech Republic. Thematic focuses are battery and hydrogen
    technology, swarm applications, data transmission and security as well as autonomous
    navigation using artificial intelligence. As a founding member, Fraunhofer IWS
    participates in the initiative with next generation batteries that will feature an increased
    energy density and will provide the link to the battery center Dresden.

    Investments of EUR 1.3 million planned

    A further objective of the competence center is to create the framework conditions for
    further companies and institutions to settle in Kamenz. In the period from 2020 to
    2021, investments of 1.3 million euros are planned for the site. These investments shall
    flow into the construction of a hangar especially for the development and production
    of commercial drones as well as for autonomous and electric flying, into the set-up of
    the real laboratory and the conversion of the tower into an innovation and seminar
    center. As of the middle of next year, the infrastructural framework is to be fully
    available.

    AEF.aero coordinates and ensures acceptance

    Networking in the competence center is coordinated by the non-profit organization
    under the label AEF.aero, which aims at strengthening the regional economy and
    establishing new branches of industry as a supporting element in the planned structural
    change of the region. In addition to joint participation in national and international
    trade fairs, the initiative is also committed to attracting young professionals.
    Furthermore, the topics of autonomous flying, the expansion of a nationwide 5G
    network and the use of drones in daily life require extensive and objective
    communication with the people in the region. Suitable communication measures
    should increase the acceptance of these issues among the population.

    About the competence Center

    The non-profit organization under the label AEF.aero coordinates the networking
    activities around the "Competence Center for Autonomous and Electric Flying", which
    is being established at the commercial airfield in Kamenz. More than 20 partners from
    the private and public sectors are involved in the network, which exclusively and
    directly pursues charitable purposes, in particular through research, development and
    prototype production in the field of autonomous and electric flying. To achieve these
    goals, it cooperates with national and international organizations. The competence
    center aims at strengthening Saxony as a location for business and science,
    participating in the process of structural change in Lusatia, and creating and
    maintaining jobs. To this end, the network will be intensively expanded, projects at
    state, federal and European level will be initiated and the establishment of start-ups
    and companies shall be supported. In this way, the network is to contribute to bringing
    together different industries in order to expand the development of the circular
    economy in manned and unmanned aviation. In addition, AEF.aero intends to
    participate in the development of proposals for the future regulation and
    standardization of unmanned and electrified aircraft and to increase their acceptance
    by the public.
    Further information: www.aef.aero


    Contact for scientific information:

    Prof. Dr. Stefan Kaskel
    Technology Field Manager Chemical Surface Technology
    Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik IWS
    Winterbergstraße 28, 01277 Dresden
    www.iws.fraunhofer.de
    stefan.kaskel@iws.fraunhofer.de


    Original publication:

    https://www.iws.fraunhofer.de/en/pressandmedia/press_releases/2020/presseinforma...


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