Drone BVLOS flight in the German Bight

Unmanned aerial vehicle records meteorological measurement data for offshore wind energy. First BVLOS Operation in the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein near the island of Heligoland.

One pillar for the energy transition is offshore wind energy. When wind farms are built, they influence the wind currents over the sea. For this purpose, meteorological measurement data was collected to investigate changes as well as effects of further wind farm expansion. An application example where the use of an unmanned aerial vehicle provides valuable insights. What sounds simple involves a great deal of know-how, as each flight requires a high level of approval and safety. With the Test Center for Maritime Technologies on Helgoland and extensive flight experience, Fraunhofer IFAM closes this service gap for research and industry.