The CargoCopter project concerns design, control and automatic landing of unmanned aerial vehicles capable of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL UAVs). Speed, endurance and payload capacity are optimized for designs with a combination of wings and propellers for lift and thrust generation. In the summer of 2014, the ‘VertiKUL’, a first proof of concept, proved to have double speed and efficiency compared to conventional designs. Next two years the design optimization is extended to include larger wind robustness while the control is extended to greater reliability and autonomy. Aiming at further commercialization, a concept demonstration of fully automated aerial transportation concludes the project in 2017:


  1. A payload is prepared. This can be a parcel with an identification tag, a camera with transmitter but also a first-aid kit, defibrillator or life buoy.
  2. The payload is put into the base station by the user.
  3. The base station loads the payload into the VTOL UAV, stationed in/on the base station.
  4. Freshly charged batteries are loaded into the VTOL UAV.
  5. Destination or flight route is uploaded on the VTOL UAV by the base station.
  6. The VTOL UAV takes off with the payload and executes the mission.
  7. After completion of the mission, the VTOL UAV lands on the same or another base station. In case of a transportation system, the mission is a delivery of the payload to another base station. For longer missions, stopovers can also be made at nearby base stations to swap batteries.
  8. The procedure can be repeated for a new mission



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