The Institute of Flight Mechanics and Control manages a project to set up flight test facilities for energy efficient, electric and autonomous flight in Baden-Wuerttemberg (BW). First test flights shall take place in 2019, before extensive research can commence next year. This undertaking also incorporates the Institutes of Aircraft Design, Aircraft Systems, and Navigation in Faculty 6 of the University of Stuttgart.
The requirements for the test sites are very diverse so that two locations will be established: A test facility for urban flight shall emerge in Lahr (EDTL), whereas the test site in Mengen (EDTM) will focus on autonomous flight. Recently, the discussions with the local airport operators and the political actors have begun.
The state department for Economics, Labor, and Housing funds the project with 1,3 million Euros. The Administrative Council Stuttgart supports the project regarding the legislative circumstances for operation permissions. Various companies such as Thales and Droniq take part in establishing the ground infrastructure for surveillance, communication and localization of the vehicles. Additional partners are the Forum Aerospace BW e.V., the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering, the State Agency for New Mobility Solutions and Automotive BW as well as other industrial partners.