If your company specializes in drone technology or drone applications, then Västervik in Sweden is the place you should be focusing your attention.
New opportunities to test and innovate
In the densely populated European continent, finding suitable testing areas free from scheduled flights are few and far between. That is why Västerviks’s municipality and several private and public stakeholders got together and launched Europe’s largest testbed and innovation centre for drone technology. With this initiative, Drone Center Sweden aims to attract European developers of unmanned aerial vehicles.
Testing at high altitude
What makes Västervik Drone center unique is not only its size. It’s 40×60 km area is the biggest in Europe, but it also contains all Swedish terrain types except mountains. In addition, you will be able to fly much higher than you can at other test areas. Västervik’s facility aims to allow for flight up to 2500 meters’ altitude. This is possible because the area is outside military and civil aviation zones, which usually set strict limits on how and where one can fly.
Initial target is environmental technology
The test area is initially focused on environmental applications where drone technology is an enabler. Drones are becoming increasingly important in forestry and agriculture for, among other things, inspecting crops and spraying pesticides in a more precise manner. But in the longer perspective, drone technology can be used in several other areas, such as rescue and ongoing inspections of critical infrastructure like railway tracks and power lines.
An area for Nordic collaboration
The initiative has received a lot of attention from all over Europe, but Drone Center Sweden hopes that their test and innovation area will attract Norwegian companies and stakeholders. Drone technology is an area where collaboration has the potential to put Nordic expertise on the international arena.
If you need a good testing environment for drone technology or want to find partners to collaborate with give us a call:
Tina Norlander, Innovation Norway – Stockholm