Joint Interests of Dronehub Klagenfurt and the I-MFG Wörthersee

Roland Jung
Jan 31 · 2 min read
View on the airfield with the Wörthersee Stadium in the background. (I-MFG)

Recently, the addition of the Dronehall (article on dronehub) gave a significant boost to the drone research in the Dronehub at the University of Klagenfurt (AAU). The Dronehub Klagenfurt, however, is by far limited to indoor flight tests: joining interests with the I-MFG Wörthersee enables cutting edge research in (multi-drone) autonomy to be ported to real outdoor environments.

I-MFG Wörthersee is a non profit private association for fixed-wing, helicopter and multi-copter UAV pilots. The group already has many model aircraft pilots, who won both international competitions and numerous national championship titles and who have a profound understanding of drone integration. The group has a long history, dating back to the late 1930’s. In 2014, Andreas Pirold established the association „Interessen — Modellfluggruppe — Wörthersee“ and in spring 2018 AAU became a member.

The membership strengthens the efforts at the institutes of the University of Klagenfurt (CNS, KPK-NAV, NES) involved in drone research. The aim is to exchange information, to shape collaboration, and share experiences about (autonomous) unmanned aircrafts. The airfield is accessible the whole year allowing outdoor experiments even in winter time and other harsh environment conditions providing important testing possibilities for next generation autonomy capabilities. Electricity at the airfield is provided by a photovoltaic power station, which can be used to charge batteries and laptops.

At this airfield AAU already performed tests for different projects, e.g.:

Flight zones at the airfield

Overview of the flight zones to the south of the Wörthersee Stadium (I-MFG)

The airfield is strictly defined by precise flight zones and regulations therein. The field allows for line of sight flights over a reasonable sized area for larger outdoor tests of novel navigation algorithms and multi-agent scenarios while respecting safety issues.

Introduction given by Andreas Pirold (AAU/KPK-NAV)
Introduction by Andreas Pirold to members of CNS, KPK-NAV, NES and Lakeside Labs (AAU/KPK-NAV)
Roland Jung

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Senior Scientist | PhD Candidate @ Networked Autonomous Aerial Vehicles (NAV) Karl Popper Kolleg, University of Klagenfurt

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A multidisciplinary team at University of Klagenfurt and Lakeside Labs performs research on networked autonomous aerial systems.

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