Flight system in start position Copyright: © Andreas Schmitter

cross-border flying - cross-border rescue


GrenzFlug Poster

The poster provides a further overview of the GrenzFlug project.


Overview and objectives

During search and rescue missions in large, complex areas, the effective and fast management of dangerous situations is crucial. While ground-based search missions are time-consuming and require a lot of personnel, automated flight systems offer the possibility to reach an area faster. They can also systematically search areas that are difficult to pass. For example, it is conceivable to operate regionally during the search for missing persons in the German-Dutch-Belgian border region in the Hautes Fagnes or at the Eifelsteig.

In the GrenzFlug project, the prerequisites for the integration of unmanned aircraft in cross-border rescue missions are being developed. A demonstration in the Dutch-German border region will demonstrate the potential of such an undertaking.

Role of the FSD

The Institute of Flight System Dynamics is responsible for the further development and operation of the unmanned flight system. This system is to be automated to the extent that a given area is automatically searched.
A camera integrated in the flight system will be able to generate aerial images that will enable the search for a missing person.

Urban Air Mobility Initiative

The "GrenzFlug” project is integrated into the Urban Air Mobility initiative, which the city of Aachen joined in September 2018 to become part of the association of MAHHL cities: Maastricht, Aachen, Hasselt, Heerlen, and Liège. The initiative of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities, EIP-SCC for short, aims to accelerate the use of innovative aviation technologies and their implementation in urban and regional areas.


Gefördert durch das Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur

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Project Partners

Stadt Aachen

GrenzFlug demonstration short film
Demonstration short film GrenzFlug