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AIRCARRUS - Autonomous Drone Delivery System

European Union
Geo-spatial type
Total project cost
€71 429
EU Contribution
€50 000
Project Acronym
STRIA Roadmaps
Connected and automated transport (CAT)
Transport mode
Airborne icon
Transport policies
Deployment planning/Financing/Market roll-out
Transport sectors
Freight transport


Call for proposal
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

Drones can be used in a wide range of applications and offer valuable services in remote locations or critical situations.


The EU-funded AIRCARRUS project proposes an autonomous rapid response drone delivery system without ground operators for launching or retrieving operations. The drone is operated through the cloud on a GSM mobile network using the patented Dbotix autopilot system and charged through a sequence of jump stations allowing long-distance travel and automatic load cargo. The project, which exploits existing EU technology programmes, will study the feasibility of improving the delivery drone designed by AERDRON to raise its range and automate charging and payload loading systems. AERDRON has signed several European logistic centre partners in the beta testing programme.

Aircarrus is an autonomous rapid response drone delivery system that services remote locations and or time critical events utilizing an automated ground processing station . The system is completely autonomous and requires no ground operators to launch or retrieve the delivery drone. The drone is operated through the Cloud on a GSM mobile network using our proprietary Dbotix autopilot. The drone is charged using a series of jump stations that allow it to travel long distances and load cargo automatically. AERDRON aims to study the feasibility of upgrading and adapting our existing delivery drone HL4 Herculift to increase its range and automate the charging and payload loading systems. AERDRON will also study the feasibility of using off the grid jump stations powered only by renewable green energy systems (solar/wind) to service areas with limited infrastructure. The Aircarrus project plans to leverage existing EU Commission technology programs from the Galileo GPS to the SESAR U-Space network.


Specific funding programme
H2020-EU.2.3. - INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Innovation In SMEs
H2020-EU.3. - PRIORITY 'Societal challenges
H2020-EU.2.1. - INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies
Other Programme
EIC-SMEInst-2018-2020 - SME instrument


Lead Organisation
EU Contribution
€50 000


Technology Theme
Aircraft design and manufacturing
Long flight duration drones
Development phase
Demonstration/prototyping/Pilot Production

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