Yesterday evening, the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM) and the Economic Development Agency Brandenburg (Wirtschaftsförderung Land Brandenburg GmbH – WFBB) concluded an agreement for future cooperation in the field of unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as drones. On the sidelines of the cluster conference ‘Transport, Mobility and Logistics’, BAM Vice President Dr Werner Daum and WFBB Managing Director Dr Steffen Kammradt signed a corresponding memorandum at the Aerospace Technology Centre in Wildau.
BAM has been operating a Test Site for Technical Safety (BAM TTS) Horstwalde in Brandenburg – 50 kilometres south of Berlin – since the early 1990s. There, BAM performs tests on the storage and transport of gases, the approval of explosives and drop tests for containers used for radioactive waste disposal. Covering an area of around twelve square kilometres, the land has been designated a restricted area by the Berlin-Brandenburg Aviation Authority and thus offers unprecedented opportunities for civilian drone testing: In Germany, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) may only ascend to a height of 100 meters and may not leave the pilot on the ground’s field of vision to avoid endangering air traffic. The BAM TTS may deviate from these restrictions following prior approval.
Over the coming years, there will be an area here on which numerous safety-related scenarios can be simulated: gas leaking from a defective pipe, the burning of a dangerous goods transporter, and also the aerial monitoring of power plants, landfills and bridge construction. BAM wishes to test smart sensor technology for UAS’ themselves in Horstwalde. However, under the supervision of the higher federal authority, commercial developers of drones and sensor systems will also have the opportunity to have their innovations tested and evaluated. The test site will remain inaccessible to the general public.
"With the Test Site for Technical Safety, BAM has been present in Brandenburg for many years and has invested a two-digit million amount in the expansion of the site in the past," explained BAM Vice President Werner Daum. "With the new model project, we are strengthening and even expanding this cooperation. After all, the scientific and commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems is already proving itself to be a fast-growing future sector in Industry 4.0. We are delighted to be guiding this development with our safety-related expertise."
Dr Steffen Kammradt, CEO of the Economic Development Agency Brandenburg (WFBB) emphasised: "The Cluster Transport, Mobility and Logistics is one of the most dynamic economic sectors of the German capital region. With new innovative concepts and technologies, the Cluster is making important contributions to future mobility. This also includes civilian unmanned aircraft systems. The capital region has developed special competencies in this area. The cooperation between WFBB and the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung helps to further strengthen these competencies. We are looking forward to the cooperation.” The WFBB operates the Cluster Management Traffic, Mobility and Logistics in Brandenburg.
In a pilot project, a weather drone will soon ascend in Horstwalde and regularly collect meteorological data at altitudes of up to one kilometre.
BAM promotes safety in technology and chemistry.
As a BMWi departmental research institute, BAM performs research, testing and offers advisory support to protect people, the environment and material goods. Its activity in the fields of materials science, materials engineering and chemistry is focussed on the technical safety of products and processes.
BAM’s research is directed towards substances, materials, building elements, components and facilities as well as natural and technical systems important for the national economy and relevant to society. It also tests and assesses their safe handling and operation. BAM develops and validates analysis procedures and assessment methods, models and necessary standards and provides science-based services for the German industry in a European and international framework.
Safety creates markets.
BAM sets and represents high standards for safety in technology and chemistry for Germany and its global markets to further develop the successful German quality culture "Made in Germany“.
About the Economic Development Agency Brandenburg (WFBB)
The Economic Development Agency Brandenburg (WFBB) is the central contact in Brandenburg for investors, entrepreneurs and technology-oriented business start-ups. The WFBB offers all services for the promotion of the economy and employment from a single source – from support in the settlement and expansion, through innovation, internationalisation and networking, to the acquisition and qualification of skilled labour. It thus supports the further development of the sector-related economic clusters of the state of Brandenburg and the German capital region. As energy saving agency, WFBB is also closely involved with implementing Brandenburg's energy strategy.