Work, Technology and Participation

The Sky is the Limit - The future use of urban airspace

Description of the project

In view of growing traffic problems, drones could establish a historically new dimension in the use of urban space for passenger and freight traffic. The development of urban airspace is currently in the interest of a constantly widening spectrum of actors.

"The Sky is the Limit - The future use of urban airspace" (Sky Limits for short) essentially investigates the leading research question, which potentials, risks and interests arise with the development of urban airspace and which areas of conflict and control tasks are to be expect.

For this purpose, Sky Limits creates a systemic knowledge base, opens up discussion spaces, researches attitudes and acceptance levels and examines the interests with which citizens, companies or environmental initiatives look at new aviation technologies (UAV, RPAS).

The aim of this synthesis of secondary, actor and attitude research as well as participatory dialogue platforms is to clarify how the airspace above our cities could be developed in a way that benefits society as a whole and at the same time protects the sensitive areas of the environment, security and privacy. Finally, recommendations for action and scenarios for politics, urban planning and research are developed, which should contribute to the future of mobility in our cities.

Funded by

Third-party funder: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Program: Innovations- und Technologieanalyse (ITA)

Project duration:: 01/2019 - 12/2020


TU Berlin, Institute of Vocational Education and Work Studies, Work, Technology and Participation (Cluster Mobility Research)

Wissenschaft im Dialog (WiD)


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Statement in the German Bundestag on the draft law on the adaptation of national regulations to the Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947 on the rules and procedures for the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles - 03/31/2021: