As head of the Technical University of Denmark’s Space DroneCenter, Michael Linden-Vørnle is laying the foundations for his country to stand alongside Switzerland, the UK, France and Germany as European leaders in drone infrastructure technology.

“Right now, we’re working with the Danish Agency for Data Supply and Efficiency to build a testbed for autonomous systems in the city of Aarhus,” he explains. “The testbed will help us understand how to develop and integrate systems so that drones can operate safely around humans and existing infrastructure.”

One of the main experiments will demonstrate how accurately a position can be determined by satellite signals in real-time using a kinematic network known as TAPAS. “We’re trying to encourage projects interested in this type of work to use TAPAS to understand how it will best function,” he says. The test network should be operational by the end of the 2018.

Michael Linden-Vørnle

Head of the Technical University of Denmark’s Space DroneCenter