The Metropolis GZM, together with the local government of Sosnowiec, Łukasiewicz-Institute of Aviation and companies from the technology industry, is preparing for a series of tests using an automatic drone. The unmanned aerial vehicle, moving between special docking stations, will transport urgent medical cargo over a distance of 3 km. However, in order to complete all the necessary safety procedures, the flights scheduled for this fall will be postponed to spring 2022.

– We will fly over Sosnowiec in automatic mode, i.e. with minimal operator intervention. The drone will move along a pre-programmed route with the use of a homing mechanism. We are talking about a very advanced technology, so we must make every effort to minimize the potential risk – says Marcin Dziekański, project manager of “Drones over the Metropolis”.

– Together with the parties involved in the project, we decided to refine the detailed elements of the transport system in such a way that they ensure the highest level of safety. The expectations of all parties to the project are such that the level of system security will be even higher than that required by the regulations. We give ourselves additional time and postpone the tests to the spring of next year to refine every element of the operation in the smallest detail – adds Marcin Dziekański.

Safety is also one of the most important aspects indicated by the inhabitants of Sosnowiec who took part in dedicated workshops devoted to pilot flights of an automatic drone. The meeting took place in October in Mediateka in Sosnowiec, and the very idea of ​​testing unmanned technologies was enthusiastically received by the residents.

Preparations for the flights over Sosnowiec are going on intensively. The authors of the project have already collected complete technical documentation, which contains detailed information required by the regulations. The tests will be one of the first flights in our country, which will be preceded by the operators with a risk analysis in line with the SORA (Specific Operations Risk Assessment) methodology according to the latest guidelines and standards applicable to this type of operations in Europe. For this reason, they decided to postpone the pilotage to the spring of 2022.

The project involves the Metropolis GZM, the city of Sosnowiec, Dronehub and Pentacomp companies, as well as the Łukasiewicz-Institute of Aviation. The aim of the project is to collect experiences on the use of drone technology to meet the needs of the city and its inhabitants, and to exchange experiences with international partners implementing similar projects.

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