Together, the urban air mobility pioneer Volocopter and global logistics service provider DB Schenker are developing solutions for the fast and emission-free transport of goods.
Today, Volocopter’s heavy-lift drone was presented to German federal politicians for the first time. At the National Aviation Conference at Berlin Brandenburg Airport, numerous politicians and representatives from the aviation industry visited the VoloDrone.
The aircraft is autonomously and electrically operated and can transport up to 200 kilograms of cargo with a range of up to 40 kilometers.
Jochen Thewes, CEO of DB Schenker: “Our customers demand clean, fast and innovative solutions for their supply chains. When the infrastructure for conventional means of transport is overburdened or non-existent, cargo drones offer an opportunity to rethink logistics routes. The possible applications in logistics are limitless.
“Through our partnership with Volocopter, this vision is gradually becoming reality. Drone transport is becoming increasingly tangible. The National Aviation Conference in Berlin offers us a very good opportunity to give German politicians a live impression of this.”
Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter: “Our VoloDrone will be put to use, where classical ground transportation meets its limits in logistics, construction, or agriculture. We have ten years of flight experience and our advanced status in the certifications process with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) bears tremendous synergies for all our aircraft. DB Schenker is a leading logistics partner, with whom we are readying our VoloDrone specifically for the commercial use in different logistics applications.”
The VoloDrone exhibited onsite at the National Aviation Conference is a test aircraft from Volocopter with a sample transport container from DB Schenker.
In commercial operation, it will be able to cover distances of up to 40 kilometers. The drone is 9.15 meters in diameter and 2.15 meters tall. The VoloDrone aircraft weighs 600 kilograms with an additional payload of up to 200 kilograms. The drone operations will be fully electric with autonomous beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) capabilities. The drone can take off and land vertically. The first flight took place in 2019. Since then, regular flight tests have been conducted at various airfields in southern Germany.
DB Schenker has been an investor in Volocopter since 2020.