Use of drones: How do you make something invisible visible?
Fire inspection, search for missing persons, transporting medicines: just a few of the activities for which drones are
drones are being used more and more frequently. Because both emergency services and companies are
are increasingly recognising the advantages of this flying helper. The "run" on the use of drones is accordingly
more and more - in Germany, too.
As with any new technology, however, there are of course challenges that potential users have to face.
users. In the case of drones, this primarily concerns one question: How do you make something invisible visible?
Because due to the low altitude at which drones usually operate, they are not detected by flight radar.
radar. They are therefore invisible to other air traffic participants. The
This also poses a challenge for the drone pilot. He, too, must always keep the aircraft in
keep an eye on the aircraft. This means that the drone can only be flown VLOS, i.e. within the pilot's range of
within his range of vision. BVLOS flights, in which the drone flies out of the pilot's line of sight, are not possible for him.
are not possible for him.
A solution for this, which is increasingly being used by BOS forces and companies, comes from the company
from the Frankfurt-based company Droniq. The subsidiary of Deutsche Flugsicherung and Deutsche Telekom
Deutsche Telekom provides its customers with a traffic management system for drones (UTM).
available to its customers. Via this web application, the pilot receives a live aerial situation picture, which shows him his
and the manned and unmanned air traffic taking place in it.
The information on manned air traffic is provided by air traffic control. To ensure that the
unmanned air traffic is also displayed to the drone pilot by the matchbox-sized
LTE transponder the size of a matchbox, the so-called HOD4Track, as well as separate ground
The HOD4Track is attached to the drone and receives the traffic information from the unmanned air traffic.
the traffic information. This information is also transmitted to the traffic management system,
as well as the position of the LTE transponder itself. The drone pilot thus receives a complete
and sees exactly what is happening around him. In addition, the LTE transponder
also sends its information to other road users via FLARM and receives ADS-B. Thus
the drone is also visible to them.
Who is the specific training for? For all companies and institutions that have to perform flights outside the OPEN CATEGORY in their work such as:
- DJI Matrice 300 flights with the H20T camera to inspect industrial areas
- Flights above 120 metres with any drone
- Flights with any drone out of visual range
- Flights with a drone heavier than 250 grams over crowds of people
- Flights with a DJI Matrice 300 within 150 metres over residential areas