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BERLIN: DB Schenker and drone pioneer Volocopter used Germany’s 2nd National Aviation Conference this week to introduce politicians and industry executives to their electric-powered VoloDrone with a payload of 200 kilos and range of 40 kilometres.

Schenker has been an investor in Volocopter since 2020 to market the drone for the logistics industry. Jochen Thewes, company CEO and a member of the drone manufacturer’s Advisory Board commented: “Our customers demand clean, fast and innovative solutions for their supply chains. When the infrastructure for conventional means of transport is overburdened or non-existent, cargo drones offer an opportunity to rethink logistics routes. The possible applications in logistics are limitless. Through our partnership with Volocopter, this vision is gradually becoming reality.”

Volovopter CEO Florian Reuter said the autonomous aircraft could replace conventional ground transport to connect island communities, provide land-to-ship deliveries, link remote regions and respond to humanitarian disasters.

“We have ten years of flight experience and our advanced status in the certifications process with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) bears tremendous synergies for all our aircraft. DB Schenker is a leading logistics partner, with whom we are readying our VoloDrone specifically for the commercial use in different logistics applications,” he added.

The emission-free aircraft is 9.15 meters in diameter, 2.15 metres tall and weighs 600 kilos. The first flight took place in 2019 and has since undergone regular tests in southern Germany.
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