Text: Juliane Gringer
Photos: Volocopter, Schwarzmüller
German company Volocopter wants to use electrically powered drones to transport people and goods in the air. This could become reality in around two years, since the technology is already mature and many investors support the idea. Now all that’s missing is certification so the aircraft can be allowed in cities.
Simply lift off from the ground and transport goods through the air: VoloDrone, the cargo drone from Volocopter, can do exactly that. The much-hyped German aviation company is making an exciting new form of mobility possible with its electrically powered aircraft. In the future, people and goods in the city should be able to fly quickly, safely and with zero emissions. This will free up space on the roads, relieving urban traffic on the ground. Volocopter has so far developed three models: VoloCity flies people safely to their destination in the city. The slightly larger VoloRegion can carry more people, fly longer distances and is also faster. VoloDrone is designed to carry loads as a cargo drone. All models are based on drone technology, can fly autonomously and take off and land vertically – the space they need for this is extremely small compared to conventional airports and their runways.