Drones are a key enabler for innovative solutions to tackle rapidly changing societal, economic and security challenges. For the Netherlands to play a role in this, the government and Dutch industry, including start-ups and SMEs, must be able to create innovative drone solutions, platforms and systems in a safe, sustainable and cost-effective way, and to integrate these within the airspace. To achieve this, technological innovation in the Netherlands needs to be accelerated.
NLR is the knowledge partner in this field for Dutch industry and government. We offer support in the development, implementation and societal acceptance of unmanned and autonomous aviation, taking into account safety and minimal nuisance. We help with the realisation of safe, sustainable and affordable drone systems and the harnessing of commercial opportunities, and we support the rise of Dutch manufacturers in the area of drones and Urban Air Mobility (UAM).
The programme is subdivided into six subprogrammes:
Development of promising drone applications, for instance for the agricultural sector, medical transport, the inspection of roads, railways and waterways, and traffic control.
Safe and sustainable integration of the unmanned drone air traffic within the airspace (U Space and UTM).
Development of systems and platforms for unmanned drone air traffic.
Development of security systems to prevent and combat the use of drones by malicious parties (counter drones).
Urban air transport, or Urban Air Mobility (UAM). We develop applications for transporting passengers and products within cities by air.
Development of systems for a safe unmanned infrastructure for autonomous drone air traffic (communication, navigation and surveillance (CNS) infrastructure). Consider, for instance, unmanned vertiports – ‘airports’ for drones that take off and land vertically.