Advanced Aerial Mobility – UAS and more…

Research in the area of unmanned systems is interdisciplinary at our university!

The use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) offers considerable social and economic potential. The spectrum ranges from small multicopters, for example for hazard-free inspection of infrastructures, to air taxis, which can be used for emission-free emergency transport of injured persons. These innovative concepts can be summarized under the term advanced aerial mobility (AAM).

Since the technologies and structures of conventional aviation are not sufficient for the realization of these concepts, there is a considerable need for research that encompasses various disciplines. This page provides an overview of AAM related disciplines HSU is engaged in, which projects for the realization of AAM are being carried out and which professorships are involved in them. 

Have fun discovering our expertise!

Flugzeug mit UAS


The HSU is working, often together with industry, on opening up new fields of application for UAS technology and expanding existing ones. The potential for innovation is not only in the area of software but also in hardware.

Zwei Hände vor einem UAS


A UAS is more than the sum of its parts. The combination of hardware and software, with the appropriate detailed knowledge of the individual parts, allows a great variety with regard to the final flight platform. For example, different chassis, actuation concepts, rotor arrangements or payload assemblies are possible.



The research activities of the HSU in the field of UAS coordination are divided into two main areas. One is research about how traffic flow control can be carried out in the future. In addition, scientists at the HSU are working on so-called interconnected systems.

Europakarte mit UAS

Regulatory Framework 

The research field of ‘unmanned aerial vehicle law’ is characterized not only by increasing legislative activity, but also by a close interconnection of the regulatory levels of international, European and German law.

Menschenmenge mit UAS


If a UAS is technically capable of moving safely in urban airspace, one has to ask: What effects do these systems have on us – the humans? Social psychological research approaches these aspects from several perspectives.

Schematische Darstellung eines Vertiports


The studies include the equipment of the individual vertiport locations with charging/tank infrastructure, as well as the concrete design of these systems. Furthermore, it is to be determined which influences such a transport system would have on the electric power grid in general and where the need for expansion arises.

Ongoing research projects

Silhouette eines Quadrotors


The BETA project (Fuel cell system development for technical aviation) is exploring a direct form of interconnection between fuel cells and drive shafts (H2-to-torque concept).

UAS an Überlandleitung


The aim of the DNeD project (Digitalized, legally compliant and low-emission airmobile inspection and network data acquisition with automated drones) is to develop and test a UAS for an automated drop of a sensor for the acquisition of electrical quantities on an overhead power transmission line.

Copter with airliner


The aim of the FALKE counter-UAS system is to develop and demonstrate an overall technical and organizational concept for the defense against illegally operating drones, using Hamburg Airport as an example.

UAS über Hamburg


The aim is to develop and evaluate the feasibility of innovative concepts and technologies for urban air mobility for the Hamburg metropolitan region in future scenarios (2040/2050).

Flugzeug mit UAS

AI Inspection Drone

The project aims to design a holistic system of a drone for damage detection and assessment of external structures. 

Drone in front of HSU


The aim is to develop recommendations for the national implementation of the U-Space regulation (DVO (EU) 2021/664), taking into account technical, legal and organizational contexts.



The project “Legally compliant IT concepts and solutions for networks of autonomous UAS, land and water vehicles” aims to enable vehicle network of different modalities (land, water, air) to autonomously fulfill missions in real-time.

UAS vor der Elbphilharmonie


The aim of UDVeo is to develop practical concepts and a prototypical control center application for safe and efficient urban UAS traffic. 


Letzte Änderung: 9. June 2022