Drone test center
An urban test center for urban drone experience will be set up in the center of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Traffic and Transport’s Sharon Dijksma said during the opening of Amsterdam Drone Week 2020. The goal is to get more experience in the field of drone control over the urban environment.
Amsterdam Drone Lab
The new test center will be called “Amsterdam Drone Lab” and will be deployed on the territory of Marineterrein Amsterdam. The goal is to experiment with flying drones in and out of the pilot’s field of vision. For example, in such areas as inspection or urgent delivery of medicines. This future use of drones is also referred to as “Urban Air Mobility”.
According to Thijs Meijer, director of Marineterrein Amsterdam, the area is ideal for testing urban drones. “Embankments, buildings, meadows and trees, harbor, industrial zone, recreational areas and logistics: all this is present here.”
Among other things, Amsterdam Drone Lab offers its members an airstrip, workshops and living quarters. According to the initiators, since the area is not accessible to the public, test flights can be implemented in a safe but realistic way.
Meyer: “The unique properties of Marineterrein Amsterdam allow real-world unmanned operations such as construction work, inspection of facilities and medical transport. Step by step, we are working together with the community to start flying VLOS and BVLOS here, thus solving the problems of the city. We invite all interested parties to participate in our future field lab for the Urban Air Mobility field lab.”
The partners of the Amsterdam Drone Lab are the Municipality of Amsterdam, AirHub and KPN. Since this location is in Schiphol controlled airspace, all test flights will be approved by the Dutch Air Traffic Authority.