Flowcopter Showcases Heavylift Utility UAV at Offshore Drone Challenge 2024

Last week, Flowcopter participated in the inaugural Offshore Drone Challenge (ODC) taking
place at the National Experimental Test Center of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Cochstedt,
Germany. Sponsored by energy giant EnBW in partnership with the German Aerospace
Center (DLR), the ODC has been created as an opportunity for leading drone manufacturers
to showcase their aircraft in front of major offshore wind operators and leading figures in
Transport, EU Drone Regulation and the German Government.

EnBW states that; ‘Offshore wind farms play a key role in achieving our climate targets and
are designed for a service life of over twenty years. The challenge is that they are often located
far from the coast. We rely on innovative technologies to optimize the operation and
maintenance of these turbines.’

Flowcopter, represented by Technical Director, Dr. Uwe Stein, presented their FC100 Utility
UAV, with it’s 100kg payload capacity and 200km range, as a commercially viable heavy lift
solution for Offshore Wind that will help significantly reduce O&M costs for operators and
increase uptime.

Dr. Stein said, ‘Offshore Wind servicing is just one of the application areas we know our FC100
Utility UAV platform is perfectly suited. The large payload, long endurance and gust resistant
capabilities make it ideally suited for the harsh offshore environments that we know current
battery electric systems are unable to cope with’.

The ODC follows on from recent successful flight trials of Flowcopter’s FC100 at the UAS
Denmark Test Centre in Odense, Denmark in April this year followed by an exhibition at the
International Drone Show at Hans Christian Andersen Airport in May.

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