The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has signed a collaboration agreement with the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The scope of the agreement is to conduct joint research in the field of icing on unmanned aerial systems (UAVs). The collaboration is going to be pivoting around the NTNU UAV Icing Lab the the DLR Institute of Flight Systems
The DLR is the national aeronautics and space research centre of Germany. It has extensive research and development experience in aeronautic and other research fields. The DLR Institute of Flight Systems is part of several national and international projects and research cooperations to develop new high-quality simulation models as well as new ice detection methodologies. Profiting from its long tradition in aircraft model identification the Institute of Flight Systems has achieved outstanding results in the modelling of icing effects on manned aircraft during the last years.
Together with the NTNU UAV Icing Lab, the two partners will venture further into the field of icing on drones, with potential applications also for urban air mobility (UAM). The focus of the work will be to conduct model identification on iced unmanned aircraft provided by the UAV Lab. The DLR will contribute their experience in system identification and NTNU their operational experience and drones.