We wish you a wonderful and contemplative Christmas season, so that you can start well into the next year.

We are also taking a break over Christmas and will be available again from 03.01.22 onwards.

Stay safe and healthy – we look forward to seeing you again next year!

Your Third Element Aviaton Team

A little over a year ago, we started the exciting project with Norman Koerschulte and the company Koerschulte + Werkverein to set up a pilot operation for an inner-city delivery logistics route, which has led to a close partnership.  

The company Koerschulte is established as a tier 2 supplier for tools and accessories, especially in the automotive sector, and is a renowned address in the Ruhr area and Sauerland. This is also how we got to know the company and Norman – 3EA as a customer for 3D printed parts at Koerschulte. We got into conversation with Norman, who himself has worked in aviation for a long time and has a corresponding passion.  

Norman’s vision of setting up his own drone airline for delivery logistics resulted impressively fast in a pilot project in which the Koerschulte company supplies a customer with urgently needed tools and accessories over an approved distance of approx. 2 kilometers in automated operation beyond visual range. Thus, the pilot project turned into a test phase with regular deliveries.  

While logistics drones are already used more frequently on factory premises, this is the first successful delivery drone project outside a company’s own factory premises with regular operations in Germany. The response in the industry and in the media was correspondingly great. Since then, we have also been represented together at various trade fairs and events.  

In the meantime, we have already been able to develop extended features such as manual landing monitoring during automated operation for landings on busy factory premises or specific fail-safes.  

Based on the first joint successes, the fleet is to be expanded next year using larger systems, also further delivery routes are to be set up. Koerschulte aims to establish itself as the first drone airline for drone operations, initially in the German region – with 3EA as a development partner and hardware supplier at its side.  

We are very excited about this partnership and the upcoming projects.   

#drones #3EA #UAV #koerschulte #airline #supplychain  

In early to mid-October, together with the consortium of the DUBGEM project, Third Element Aviation was in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan for two and a half weeks for an expedition to test the newly developed radioactive detection and mapping system.  

The DUBGEM project was set up to develop UAV-based gamma spectrometry for the exploration and monitoring of former uranium mining sites. For this purpose, a consortium consisting of IAF – Radioökologie GmbH, the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), IAEA Vienna and various ministries of the participating countries Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan joined forces with 3EA. For more information on the DUBGEM project, please visit our blog (Drone-based exploration method for remediation of former uranium mining estates in Central Asia) or https://www.bmbf-client.de/en/projects/dubgem. DUBGEM is part of the funding initiative “International Partnerships for Sustainable Innovation (CLIENT II)”. In the DUBGEM research project, the German partners are funded by the BMBF with around 960000 euros. 

After two years of joint research and development, the results have now been successfully tested and presented on site in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan under partly extreme conditions such as strong winds and operating locations up to 2,800 metres above sea level. For this purpose, 3EA has developed a specific UAV, which is characterised by extremely robust flight behaviour even with a high payload of up to 8 kg – sufficient for the gamma spectrometer developed for this use case by a Dutch supplier. In addition, pilots from the participating (Central Asian) countries were trained to carry out flights with 3EA systems on their own. Thus, they can make an important long term contribution to the clean-up of uranium waste in the affected countries.  

In addition to the successfully completed flights and measurements, the project’s success was measured above all by the enthusiasm of the Central Asian participants and the realisation that UAV-based gamma spectrometry was not only a more cost-effective alternative to helicopter missions, but also a real added value for the use in areas that are otherwise difficult to access.  

3EA is now incorporating the findings and analyses of the test flights into the optimisation and finalisation of the newly developed system “Auriol” in order to be able to start series production. This is planned for 2022. Also another DUBGEM expedition to Central Asia is currently being discussed. 

In addition to the breathtaking scenery, all participants were particularly impressed by the great hospitality with which they were received on site. Thank you very much!  

Together with the consortium of the UDVeo project we had the opportunity to present ourselves and the project results at the ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems and Services) World Congress from 11 to 15 October in Hamburg. As the leading trade fair for intelligent transport and logistics systems, trends and innovations in these areas are given a forum there.  

In the UDVeo project, the prototype implementation of a U-Space is being developed with a consortium under the title “Efficiently organised urban drone traffic” in order to demonstrate how such traffic management concepts could be created in the future, with a special focus on unmanned aerial systems. Third Element Aviation is contributing the co-development of a USSP control centre and compatible unmanned aerial systems.  

At the trade fair the current approaches and solutions of the project were presented and also shown in live demonstrations. The response of the numerous visitors from business and politics was extremely positive and confirmed all participants in the feeling that they are “on the right track”.  

Further showcases will take place in the coming year.  

We would like to thank all participants for the successful event and we are looking forward to further cooperation in the UDVeo project.  

For further Information please visit https://udveo.eu.  

#UDVeo #Hamburg #ITS #UTM #UAV #Drones #3EA 

We had an exciting day at the 15th Day of the German Aerospace Regions in Aachen. Together with Norman Koerschulte from Koerschulte + Werkverein, we had the opportunity to present our forward-looking logistics solution to the professional audience of representatives from politics and business.

Norman also had the chance to present his concept in a pitch on a big stage. Thank you for your pioneering spirit, the courage to break new ground and our great partnership!

We were particularly pleased about the visit of NRW Minister of Economic Affairs Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart to our stand, to whom we were able to present the use of intelligent drones via remote control in a live demo.

Many thanks to all visitors for the pleasant atmosphere, interesting conversations and positive feedback.

Live remote demo at Koerschulte & 3EA Stand

Does Third Element Aviation need its own TikTok channel? Is Third Element a family-friendly employer? And how does Third Element position itself in social movements and trends?

These and many other challenging questions were posed to us by a group of Bielefeld middle and high school students during the recent “Junior Berater*innen” project week of ExperiMINT e.V.. We acted as mentors for a week and, together with our colleagues, were available to answer questions and give the students an insight into the professional life of this exciting industry.

In return, the students developed ideas and concepts on how Third Element can present itself to young people in particular and incorporate their needs and expectations regarding working conditions and living conditions into the company culture. This exchange with the next generation of workers was really interesting and enriching for us. So thank you students and you, Natalie Schneider, for the great organization.

More information about the program and ExperiMINT can be found here.

Innovation made in Bielefeld – that’s what we stand for together with @openinnovationcity, whose new headquarters at Bielefeld’s Alter Markt were ceremoniously opened yesterday by NRW’s Minister of Economics Andreas Pinkwart. Congratulations! We were guests and were allowed to present ourselves as one of the faces of Bielefeld’s innovations and were accompanied by journalists from WDR.

We are happy to be part of this strong network!

Images: Open Innovation City / Third Element Aviation

We landed in the Open Innovation City Bielefeld Trend Book! The book presents “groundbreaking developments and ideas for sustainable cities and regions” and we are proud to be part of it! The Open Innovation City project is jointly implemented by the Mittelstand University of Applied Sciences, the Founders Foundation, Pioneers Club and owl maschinenbau e.V. and funded by the Ministry of Economics, Innovation, Digitization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Everything about the Open Innovation City is available here: https://openinnovationcity.de/

As part of a consortium led by the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg, we are receiving 578,000 euros from the modernity fund of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure for the UDVeo project. The funding certificate was given on Friday, February 14th, by Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer in Berlin. The project aims to research and implement concepts and technology for integrating drones into urban space.

In the joint project “Organizing Urban Drone Traffic Efficiently”, an overall technical and legal concept is to be created that is intended to simplify and optimize the complex approval and control process by authorities using a software. Processes from applying for a flight to monitoring unmanned movements in urban airspace will be covered. The solution will initially be implemented and tested in Hamburg. “We are proud to be part of the project with our drones and technologies,” said Marius Schröder, CEO of Third Element Aviation. “The project is making an important contribution to ensuring that drones can develop their potential safer and faster.”

In addition to our company, the project includes the Helmut Schmidt University, the Authority for Economy, Transport and Innovation of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the German Aerospace Center, HHLA Sky GmbH, NXP Semiconductors Germany GmbH, which consider it GmbH and WPS Workplace Solutions GmbH, all from Hamburg. The project has a total volume of 4.6 million euros and a duration of three years.