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Transport of medical goods by drones

Drones are emerging as a viable solution for urgent and reliable medical transport. SAFIR-Med is a funded research and innovation project under the EU's Horizon 2020 program, investigating the use of drones in the healthcare sector. Specifically, SAFIR-Med addresses the use of drones within a U-Space - for example, in the context of tissue transports. The project is structured around five pillars that aim to achieve the objectives outlined below towards safe, sustainable and socially acceptable and beneficial urban air mobility (UAM).


of drone missions in the Healthcare Sector


of demonstrations to create measurable indicators of urban Air Mobility (UAM).


New procedures and processes that facilitate drone traffic in U-Space and integration into smart city concepts.

Project duration

Project start: December 2020
Project end: March 2023

The goal

The project goal is to test new procedures and processes that facilitate drone traffic in U-Space and its integration into smart city concepts. This should lay the foundations for establishing drones within U-Space as an effective part of the healthcare system and in urban air mobility in the future.

The implementation

For the development of new methods and processes, own demonstrations are developed and tested. The demonstrations will take place in Antwerp and Aachen, including the cross-border MAHHL region. In addition, a de-risking exercise is planned at the DronePort test facility in Sint-Truiden, Belgium. The knowledge gained in this way, will be further validated by additional measures. They will then be documented in a performance evaluation and recommendation report that refines the current principles of the U-Space architecture, thereby creating measurable indicators for Urban Air Mobility (UAM). These will enable smart cities to incorporate UAM into their mobility concepts in the future.

Our contribution

Together with RWTH Aachen University and flyXdrive, Droniq as a prototypical USSP ensures the local and electronic visibility of cross-border transport flights between Aachen, Maastricht and Heerlen (MAHHL region), thereby increasing the overall safety of flight operations. For this purpose, the UTM system and a version of HOD4track specially adapted for cross-border operations are used. Permanent visibility is also ensured by a Ground Based Situational Awareness System (GBSAS) from Droniq. Demonstration flights will take place during 2022. Until then, Droniq is actively involved in the planning of the missions and is working together with RWTH Aaachen and flyXdrive on the smooth integration of the specially adapted HOD into the UTM.

Project partner


RHTW Aachen



TU Delft




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