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Wingcopter developes parcel drone for DHL

Rapid response from the air: medicines successfully delivered using a parcel drone in East Africa

Wingcopter developes parcel drone for DHL

The autonomous DHL Parcelcopter 4.0 completed the 60 km flight from the mainland in 40 minutes.

Darmstadt/Eschborn/Bonn, 4 October 2018: Revolutionising the delivery of medicines to remote areas using drones – the pilot project Deliver Future proves that it“s not science fiction. Three experts in their respective fields are making it happen: The German drone manufacturer Wingcopter, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and DHL. Over a six-month period, they successfully tested the delivery of medicines using a drone to an island in Lake Victoria. During the trials, the autonomous DHL Parcelcopter 4.0 completed the 60 km flight from the mainland to the island in 40 minutes on average. A total of 2,200 km were flown and roughly 2,000 flight minutes recorded during the pilot project. The drone thus opens up new opportunities to adress the logistic challenges in the public health sector in many parts of Africa, especially supplying hospitals and pharmacies. Medical care for the roughly 400,000 residents of the Ukerewe island district of Lake Victoria, for instance, is severely limited. This is partly due to the poor infrastructure and difficult terrain. Six hours are needed to cover the overland route of 240 km. That makes it nearly impossible to provide emergency medication or to quickly refill cool chain commodities that are out of stock. A key feature is that the DHL Parcelcopter 4.0 barely needs any infrastructure as it takes off and lands vertically. After delivering its cargo, it can easily be loaded with blood and laboratory samples to take back to the mainland. In future, the Parcelcopter could therefore not only improve logistics in the public health sector: it has the potential to help prevent crises worldwide, for example allowing an early response to slow the spread of viral diseases like Ebola.
Short film about the Deliver Future pilot project. Find press photos and logo files here.

Wingcopter is an award-winning German manufacturer of innovative drones for logistics, surveying, monitoring and inspection. In order to achieve a new dimension of efficiency and close the market gap between commercial drones, helicopters and fixed wing aircraft, the startup has specially developed and patented a unique tilting rotor mechanism. This combines the advantages of two drone types in one: The electrically powered Wingcopter drones can take off and land vertically like multicopters in a minimum of space. For efficient forward flight, the rotors can be tilted and the drone transforms into an unmanned fixed-wing aircraft in seconds. This enables long ranges of up to 100 km and a Guinness World Record top speed of 240 km/h. The Wingcopter flies autonomously and reliably even in strong winds or heavy rain. In addition to the transport boxes filled with goods or medical commodities, a variety of sensors such as full format cameras or precise laser measuring devices can easily be attached. These sensors are utilized in applications like infrastructure monitoring of pipelines, power lines or railway lines, for search and rescue missions or disaster control, as well as for mapping of huge landscapes and optimizing precision agriculture and geological research. Already today, Wingcopter is shaping the future of aviation and is dedicated to improving the lives of people worldwide by enabling meaningful civil applications.

Wingcopter Holding GmbH & Co. KG
Tom Plümmer
Kleyerstraße 7
64295 Darmstadt
Phone: +49 175 26 26 272
E-Mail: info@wingcopter.com
Url: http://www.wingcopter.com

Tourismus Reisen

Outdoor Air – Neue Wege im Tourismus-Marketing durch Luftbilder

Bad Kreuznach, Juni 2014. Outdoor Air ist ein Spezialist für bundesweite Film- und Luftbildaufnahmen. Mit dem Einsatz modernster Oktokopter-Flugdrohnen macht das Unternehmen professionelle Luftbilder unter anderem für Tourismus-Unternehmen.

Outdoor Air - Neue Wege im Tourismus-Marketing durch Luftbilder

Die Oktokopter von Outdoor Air machen Luftbildaufnahmen und -filme.

In jeder Werbung kommt es auf gute Inhalte an. Eine noch größere Rolle spielt aber der richtigen „Eyecatcher“. Neue Wege der Präsentation können Unternehmen durch innovative Werbung aus der Luft gehen. Denn kaum ein anderes Bild wirkt so spektakulär wie eine Aufnahme aus der Luft.
Die Luft-Perspektive bietet für die Tourismusbranche ganz neue Impressionen. So zeigen Luftbilder und Luftpanoramen einen spektakulären Überblick über sehenswerte Landschaften, Gebäude oder Plätze. Eine Luft-Aufnahme verschafft einen Gesamtüberblick und zeigt eine Location, ein Hotel, ein Restaurant oder eine besondere Sehenswürdigkeit aus einem besonderen Blickwinkel.
Dabei entstehen Aufnahmen ganz neuer Art, die Aufmerksamkeit erregen und in den Köpfen der Kunden spannende Eindrücke auslösen. Denn mit dem Einsatz einer Oktokopter-Drohne kann man nahtlose Übergänge schaffen: Vom Kirschkuchen auf der Kaffeetafel steigt die Szenerie in die Luft, um einen Überblick über die gesamte Location zu geben. Kurze Werbefilm aus der Luft kann man auf seine Webseite implementieren oder als Link an Kunden versenden.
Für die Bilder oder Filme aus der Vogelperspektive bietet Dienstleister Outdoor Air seine Oktokopter-Flugdrohnen G3 4.8. Eagle. Diese Flugdrohnen sind mit Kameras der Markenherstellern SONY, Panasonic und Canon für Luftbilder, Film- und Videoaufnahmen ausgestattet.
Die bewährten Flugroboter garantieren eine hoher Flugsicherheit und Bildstabiliät. Mit ihren acht Rotoren sind die Oktokopter besonders vibrationsarm und schweben stabil in der Luft. Somit kommen die Oktokopter im Gegensatz zu Helikopter auch in geringe Flughöhen oder schwer zugängliche oder unwegsame Gelände. Ein Ausflug, der sich auf jeden Fall lohnt! Alle Informationen unter www.outdoor-air.de .

Outdoor Air, mit Sitz in Bad Kreuznach / Rheinland-Pfalz, ist Spezialist für bundesweite Film- und Luftbildaufnahmen. Mit dem Einsatz modernster Oktokopter-Flugdrohnen macht das Unternehmen professionelle Luftbilder für die Bereiche Werbung, Filmproduktionen, Immobilien und Tourismus.

Outdoor Air
Hansjörg Helms
Soonblick 9a
55543 Bad Kreuznach
0671 48331900

Politik Recht Gesellschaft


Americans & Europeans Disapprove Of Intervention in Syrian Conflict, Favor Democracy over Stability in the Middle East and North Africa


Transatlantic Trends: Merkel favored over EU in handling of the economic crisis, Publics overestimate numbers of immigrants in their countries and are concerned about illegal immigration

Washington D.C., (Sept. 18, 2013) – Europeans and Americans are not in favor of military intervention in Syria, according to the 12th annual Transatlantic Trends survey out today. Seventy-two percent of Europeans and 62% of Americans polled as well as 72% of Turkish respondents do not want their governments to step into the conflict.

As countries in North Africa and the Middle East continue to struggle for democracy, 47% of U.S. respondents, 58% of Europeans, and 57% of Turks polled preferred democracy over stability in the Arab Spring countries.

Transatlantic Trends 2013 is an annual survey of U.S. and European public opinion conducted by the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and the Compagnia di San Paolo, with additional support from the Barrow Cadbury Trust, Fundaão Luso-Americana, the BBVA Foundation, the Communitas Foundation, and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.. Eleven European Union member states were surveyed: France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, as well as the United States and Turkey. Polling was conducted by TNS Opinion between June 3 and June 27, 2013. In Turkey, polling was suspended for a week and was completed by July 2, 2013.

Europeans felt that German Chancellor Angela Merkel (47% approval) did a better job of handling the economic crisis than the EU (43% approval, with a plurality of 49% disapproving). The EU countries most affected by the crisis tended to register the highest disapproval rates of the EU“s crisis management (Spain: 75%; France, Portugal, United Kingdom: 55%; Italy 49%). But Merkel’s disapproval ratings also rose sharply in the troubled economies – up to highs of 65% in Portugal and 82% in Spain.

The survey of European and U.S. public opinion also showed favorable views on trade. As negotiations over the TTIP (Tranatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) continue, 56% of Europeans and 49% of U.S. respondents say increased transatlantic trade would aid their economies. Turks however were more skeptical, with 43% saying this would make their economy more vulnerable.

When asked about immigration, majorities in the United States (73%, down from 82% in 2011), and Europe (69%) said that they were not worried about legal immigration. In contrast, 60% of Turks stated that they were worried about legal immigration. Sixty-one percent of Americans said they were worried about illegal immigration, joined by 71% of Europeans and 69% of Turks.
Almost all respondents overestimated the percentage share of immigrants in their countries.

„The 12 years reflected by Transatlantic Trends have been a complex time for both Europe and the United States, shaped by a marked divide about the U.S. intervention in Iraq, the alliance“s role in Afghanistan, and the global economic crisis,“ said GMF President Craig Kennedy. „However the results this year show that we still agree on common principles.“


Transatlantic Relations and Global Views

A little more than half of EU respondents (55%) said it was desirable that the United States exert strong leadership in world affairs, almost unchanged from last year. Nearly three-in-four Europeans (70%) continued to hold favorable views of the United States, but views across Europe varied widely.

Fifty-seven percent of Americans (down six points from last year) said it was desirable for the European Union to exercise strong leadership as well. Within the EU, support for EU leadership went up in the U.K. (by five points to 60%), but down in France (by eight points to 68%) and Spain (by 11 points to 56%). Sixty-three percent of Turks felt EU leadership to be undesirable; 60% held an unfavorable view of the EU itself.

A plurality of Americans (46%) viewed Russian global leadership as undesirable, as did two-in-three Europeans (65%) and 67% of Turkish respondents. Negative views of Russia were held by 59% of Americans, 62% (up seven points from 2012) of Europeans, and 68% of Turks.

Asked for the first time about Chinese global leadership, a plurality of Americans (47%) said they found it undesirable, as did 65% of Europeans and 72% of Turks. Similarly, 58% of U.S. respondents reported an unfavorable view of China, with 60% of Europeans and 63% of Turks agreeing.

Economic Crisis, Europe, and Trade

People continue to feel hurt by the economy. Stable majorities of Europeans (65%) and Americans (75%) continued to report that they were personally affected by the crisis. Numbers rose most sharply in France (up 12 points to 65%), and in Poland (up seven points to 60%).

A majority of U.S. respondents (58%) supported government spending cuts to reduce debt; a plurality of Europeans (45%) agreed. However, faced with specific spending cut choices, respondents often preferred to maintain current spending or even increase it. Americans and Europeans were most open to defense cuts, with 46% on both sides of the Atlantic in support of maintaining current levels; 26% of Americans and 38% of Europeans were in favor of defense cuts. But majorities or pluralities wanted to increase spending on welfare, science, technology and education, and transportation and infrastructure. Turkish respondents were the most in favor of ambitious government spending; a majority (50%) supported increased defense spending.

Increasing majorities on both sides of the Atlantic (Americans: up 12 points since 2012 to 64%; Europeans: up five points since 2012 to 62%) disapproved of their governments“ handling of economic policy. The increase in disapproval was sharpest in France (up 17 points to 74%). Even in the two countries where majorities approved, rates dropped sharply: in Sweden by 15 points to 74%, and in Germany by 12 points to 56%. In Turkey, 52% disapproved of their governments“ economic policy, a reversal from 2012.

Increasing majorities in Europe (68%, up 11 points since last year) disapprove of EU control over national budgets; only 26% thought otherwise. In Germany, the only country where a majority wanted greater EU control over national budgets last year, the number dropped to 37% this year; 60% of Germans want member states to retain national control.

Transatlantic Security

Pluralities of Americans (33%), Europeans (42%), and Turks (40%) felt that their side of the transatlantic partnership in security and diplomatic affairs should take a more independent approach.

NATO was seen as „still essential“ by 58% of EU respondents and 55% of Americans.

NATO will end its combat mission in Afghanistan in 2014, but some troops may remain to train Afghan national army and polices forces; when asked whether they approved of their own country contributing to such an effort, 54% of Americans said they did and 53% of Europeans agreed. A majority (51%) of Turks said they would disapprove of Turkey contributing troops.

Asked whether they approved of unmanned aircraft (drones) being used to find and kill suspected enemies in places like Afghanistan and Pakistan, 71% of U.S. respondents said they approved, while 53% of Europeans disagreed. In Turkey, 60% of respondents disapproved, while only 29% approved.

Transatlantic opinions about how best to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons have converged. A plurality of Americans (29%) preferred imposing economic sanctions. A plurality of Europeans (32%, up four points) and Turks (27%, up 11 points) agreed, a shift from previous years when Europeans had tended to prefer offering economic incentives.

Mobility, Migration, and Integration

A plurality of Americans (41%) of said that there were „too many“ immigrants in their country; 33% of Europeans agreed. A plurality of Europeans (39%) said there were „a lot but not too many“ immigrants in their country; 39% of Americans concurred. In Turkey, a plurality of respondents (35%) said there were „not many“ immigrants in their country.

A majority of Americans (54%) and a plurality of Europeans and Turks (both 49%) agreed that „immigrants help create jobs as they set up new businesses.“

Majorities in the United States (57%) and Europe (50%) said that „immigrants are a burden on social services.“ When asked whether „immigrants are a threat to our national culture,“ however, two-thirds majorities in Europe (69%) and the United States (64%) disagreed.

Asked whether „immigrants enrich our culture,“ two-thirds majorities in the United States (69%) and Europe (60%) said that they do. Sixty-one percent of Turkish respondents disagreed.


Forty-four percent (down from 73% in 2004) of Turkish respondents still favored joining the European Union; 34% (up from 9% in 2004), said that it would be bad.

Twenty percent of EU respondents said that Turkey“s accession to the EU would be a good thing; 33% said it would be bad; 37% said it would be neither good nor bad.

Contact and Interviews / Kontakt und Interviewanfragen
German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)
1744 R Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
United States
Sarah Halls
E-Mail : shalls(at)gmfus.org
Tel.: +32 (0)4 484 491 078

Deutscher Pressekontakt
Andrea Ludwig, andrea@apollopublicrelations.com

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) strengthens transatlantic cooperation on regional, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the spirit of the Marshall Plan.

GMF does this by supporting individuals and institutions working in the transatlantic sphere, by convening leaders and members of the policy and business communities, by contributing research and analysis on transatlantic topics, and by providing exchange opportunities to foster renewed commitment to the transatlantic relationship.

In addition, GMF supports a number of initiatives to strengthen democracies. Founded in 1972 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance, GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to its headquarters in Washington, DC, GMF has offices in Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, Bucharest, Warsaw, and Tunis. GMF also has smaller representations in Bratislava, Turin, and Stockholm.

German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)
Sarah Halls (shalls@gmfus.org)
1744 R Street NW
DC 20009 Washington
32 (0)4 484 491 078

Science Research Technology

Dronesystec Develops New Air Drones for Extreme Situations.

Dronesystec Develops New Air Drones for Extreme Situations.

Whether for area monitoring, in geology, in the security branch, in industrial maintenance, in disaster control or in human rescue. Now the company Dronesystec in Dresden (D) is bringing two new systems to the market, which are especially developed for extreme requirements and security projects.

Whether for area monitoring, in geology, in the security branch, in industrial maintenance, in science, in disaster control or in human rescue: Drones reliably and economically take over tasks that have up until now been difficult and cost intensive to carry out. Now the company Dronesystec in Dresden (Saxony) is bringing two new systems to the market in summer, which are especially developed for extreme requirements and security projects.

„A couple of months ago we received an inquiry from a natural reserve operator in Brazil about whether we could develop a flying monitoring system with which an approximately 40 hectare area in Brazil, consisting of various ground and vegetation conditions as well as tropical climatic conditions, could be reliable monitored from the air in order to permanently supply current zoological information“, explains Thomas Budniok, managing director of Dronesystec and manufacturer PMD in Dresden. From this came a complete new development of monitoring drones which can economically and reliably take over these tasks with GPS, the most modern telemetry, camera and thermal image technology and special sensors.

Dronesystec will initially bring two different systems to the market, which differentiate themselves primarily with regard to their size, flight length, capacity and loading capacity.

The two systems, with the designations DS 1000 and DS 1200, are composed entirely of carbon fibres, titanium and newly developed non-flammable fibre composite. The drones will be completely developed and produced in the Technology Centre of the company PMD in Dresden, in accordance with strict quality standards of international aerospace technology.

Development and project partners for this are, on the one hand, the internationally renowned research institute Fraunhofer, with whom the new sensors for gas, pollutants and later also warfare agents are currently being developed. On the other hand, with the drones a new fibre composite technology from the company Belchem in Saxony will be used. These special fibres are inflammable up to a temperature range of over 1,100 degrees Celsius, and therefore secure the use of the drones even in extreme situations such as, for example, the fighting of fires. These fibres are already being successfully used in the international civil and military aviation industry, for example at Airbus, EADS, Sikorsky, Emraer and Boeing.

Currently, Dronesystec is testing further technological requirements, such as, for example the gunfire security of the system, the use for contaminant recognition in catastrophes, special projects for project monitoring and the achievement of flight times of up to two hours.

After finalisation of the first development stages the first flight is planned for June. Following this Dronesystec will start with the production of the first series of drone systems.

Distribution in Germany is planned for the start of 2014 at the earliest, for the time being the company is focusing on business relationships in South America and the United Arab Emirates.

About the Manufacturer PMD in Dresden:

PMD Technology Centre in Dresden is an innovative technology company based in Dresden, Saxony. The company has a qualified development and finishing area in precision engineering and composite fibre technology and as well as this operates a renowned national training centre in finishing technology, in CAD/CAM technology, in lightweight construction and composite fabric technology, in aircraft manufacturing and plastics technology.

With the Dronesystec drone system the company is connecting with their long-standing experiencing as a certified aerospace company.

Dronesystec drones impress with their robustness and variety of usage possibilities even in extreme situations – for example in the tropics, over water, in desert areas, in the fighting of fires and disasters or in security projects. As well as this they guarantee a very long flight time of up to 2 hours and various possibilities in modular equipment for special requirements. All finishing processes are also certified in accordance with ISO EN 9001.

Dronesystec – PMD Technology Centre Dresden GmbH
Breitscheidstraße 45, 01156 Dresden

Dronesystec drones impress with their robustness and variety of usage possibilities even in extreme situations – for example in the tropics, over water, in desert areas, in the fighting of fires and disasters or in security projects. As well as this they guarantee a very long flight time of up to 2 hours and various possibilities in modular equipment for special requirements. All finishing processes are also certified in accordance with ISO EN 9001.

Thomas Budniok
Breitscheidstrasse 45
01156 Dresden (Saxony)
+49 (0)351 2199 8950

PMD Technology Center
Thomas Budniok
Breitscheidstrasse 45
01156 Dresden
+49 (0)351 2199 8950

Computer Information Telecommunications

INSYS aero and Röder Präzision Announce Cooperation on Unmanned Systems

Unmanned systems are preferably used in military, but also increasingly in civil areas. They assume surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Their strengths are based on cost reduction and safety aspects. They can operate in a large area and dangerous situations without having to accept cuts in personal safety. The deployment of unmanned systems makes great demands. They must perform high functionality with low weight and long operating times with high security demands. Sensor- and control-relevant data must be transmitted to remote ground controls over long distances, partly in large volumes and in real-time. Particularly these challenges are the areas of expertise of INSYS aero and Röder Präzision.

INSYS aero is specialist for development and production of fast, robust, and network-compatible telemetry solutions, as well as avionics, video, and sensor integration in unmanned systems. Data can be transmitted secure and fast via various transmission technologies, like microwave links, satcom systems, UMTS or WLAN for example. This makes it possible to realise several high-quality video streams in parallel for example. Röder Präzision is specialised on the development, the construction and the distribution of UAV platforms, especially with lightweight, heavy duty fibre composite structures. Moreover, both partners comply with the know-how for systems that can be approved according to aviation laws with their aviation certifications. The combination of these competencies provides an optimum starting basis for excellent unmanned systems in civil, governmental and military fields of application.

INSYS aero

Established in 1998, INSYS aero is a development service provider and manufacturer of avionics and software for the aerospace industry. The company is a sole source provider for international customers from the business and commercial aviation, defense, and unmanned aerial systems industries. The product portfolio includes technically and commercially mature products and solutions for data communication, connectivity, computer and converter systems, video/ISR technology, lighting technology and security systems. Thanks to a high value added share in the modular hardware and software components and extensive synergies with other INSYS divisions, customer-specific adaptations can be easily and cost-efficiently implemented. High quality standards make INSYS aero systems universally suitable for applications in aircraft and other fields with demanding quality requirements. The systems are fully certifiable according to the requirements of the aerospace industry. INSYS aero is a brand of the INSYS MICROELECTRONICS GmbH (www.insys-tec.de/eng).

Wolfgang Wanner
Waffnergasse 8
93047 Regensburg


Wolfgang Wanner
Waffnergasse 8
93047 Regensburg