Volocopter’s electric heavy-lift drone VoloDrone conducted its first public flight on Tuesday October 12 at the ITS World Congress Hamburg 2021.
The three-minute test flight took off at 3:02 p.m. at homePORT Hamburg and reached a maximum altitude of 22 meters. For this delivery simulation, the electric heavy-lift utility drone was equipped with a load-box in between its landing gear.
The flight was conducted in association with the international logistics leader DB Schenker, demonstrating their significant progress together since DB Schenker became a strategic investor of Volocopter in early 2020.
First, the demonstration teams secured a Euro-pallet sized load to the box under the VoloDrone, followed by a smooth take-off. After this, the aircraft brought the payload to a DB Schenker Cargo Bike and landed safely. Once the payload was transferred successfully, the Cargo Bike delivered its cargo to the final destination under the area’s park deck, marking the completion of the entirely electric, multimodal last-mile delivery.