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We are creating new paths for Industry 4.0. For companies that blaze forward in the digital revolution. For decision-makers with a pioneering spirit who believe in the opportunities presented by autonomous drones. For optimisers who want to improve existing processes with advanced drone solutions.

The next level

Until now, there was no complete solution for the challenge of centrally and simultaneously controlling drone fleets in different locations around the world. HHLA Sky has developed just such a platform. It can clearly and easily map out the fleet planning, scheduling, flight and data preparation.

The HHLA Sky drone system:

  • Is a thoroughly developed end-to-end solution
  • Stands out through automation and integration of the highest degree
  • Was developed for operations in critical infrastructure – for example high-security areas of company properties
  • Enables the simultaneous operation of over 100 autonomous drones beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS)
  • Harmonises complex processes – from regulations imposed by the aviation authorities to the planning and controlling of flights to integration into other systems
  • Can be rolled out worldwide

We would be happy to show you how:

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The HHLA Sky drone system in detail
The technology behind it


5G Enabled Communication Infrastructure for Unmanned Aerial Systems - GENIUS

Three-year Grand Solutions research project funded by Innovation Fund Denmark. Coordinator: University of Southern Denmark between the partners AirPlate, DTU - Technical University of Denmark, Ericsson Telecommunications, MECK ConsultSDU RoboticsStyrelsen for Dataforsyning og InfrastrukturTDC NET.

The goal of GENIUS is to enable drones to fly side by side with crewed aviation. Therefore, GENIUS is developing the building blocks for the implementation of U-spaces in Denmark. This includes a novel 5G UAS network to optimize connectivity in the lower airspace. 

HHLA Sky is supporting the project by providing its UTM technology and acting as a U-space service provider. In addition, HHLA Sky will explore the integration of 5G-enabled services such as cellular coverage analysis and network slicing into its UTM technology. 


Automation of container logistics hinterland processes – IHATEC

Supported by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport, BMDV, as part of the initiative for innovative port technologies (IHATEC). Coordinator: Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG, HHLA.

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG, HHLA, and the Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services, CML, want to speed up container rail handling. The aim is to automate the so-called pin handling: the manual folding of pins before loading trains. These pins lock containers on the rail wagons. They have to be raised or moved according to the container size. In future, a mobile robot that will operate this time-costly process step.

HHLA subsidiaries will provide their expertise in process automation, logistics and consulting to this project. HHLA Sky will implement the control and monitoring of the mobile robots via its Integrated Control Center.

Project for Automation of hinterland processes launched: HHLA Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG


U-space for Germany – LUV

Project of the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport, BMDV. Coordinator: Helmut Schmidt University / University of the Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg, HSU

Jointly with the consortium, we are developing "solutions and recommendations for action for the national implementation of the U-space regulation" DVO (EU) 2021/664 of the European Union. First, a U-space operational concept is developed in which a U-space airspace is operated by one S-CISP and at least two USSPs. This will lead to process models for the technical and operational implementation of U-space airspaces that ensure competitive and safe U-space operations in Germany. Additionally, regulatory gaps will be closed as well as the application and approval process for UAS flights will be automated. Therefore, HHLA Sky is contributing its expertise in process automation, mobile robot management and as a drone operator in critical infrastructure.



Efficiently organising drone traffic – UDVeo

Project of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, BMVI. Coordinator: Helmut Schmidt University / University of the Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg

In collaboration with our partners, we are developing a comprehensive legal-technical concept for the management of drone traffic. The goal of the project is establishing an official or officially-sanctioned agency that coordinates automated drone traffic. The organisation of the complete process leading to the registration, planning and execution of drone flights will be supported by software, and drone traffic will be integrated into air traffic and the regular transport business.


Latest news

Stories and press releases

How our X4 drone was designed to meet both first responder & industrial needs

After winning the "best of the best" Red Dot Design Award in 2023, we wanted to give you a closer look at our X4 drone and what makes it so impressive.

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European U-space Regulation: Proposal for Implementation

On January 26, 2023 the European U-Space Regulation will come into effect. In an interview with the Drones Magazine, Sebastian Törsleff describes the requirements and challenges he sees for Germany in this regard and how he envisions implementation. We present the most important points.

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Hamburg's first mayor Tschentscher visits HHLA Sky

The Port of Hamburg welcomed an interested guest: On January 17, 2022, Hamburg's First Mayor, Dr. Peter Tschentscher, visited HHLA Sky for a first-hand look at the start-up's drone technology.

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Flying supervision

Drones inspect assets at the Port of Hamburg and operate maintenance flights along the Speicherstadt. Matthias Gronstedt, one of the two managing directors of HHLA Sky, explains how UAS are used at the terminal operator HHLA and what applications are considered for the industry.

Read the VDMA interview

With a faresighted system to the future

HHLA’s newest technical system has six propellers and can move far beyond the port: The engineers and software specialists at HHLA Sky have developed a drone system that is globally unique and can be used in the industrial sector. It allows operators to simultaneously monitor more than 100 aircraft, even if they have flown hundreds of kilometres beyond their visual line of sight.

Read the HHLA magazine report

The flying ace

Sven Howar has been the operations manager and a drone pilot at HHLA Sky right from the start. Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG’s start-up intends to establish itself in the new market for drone services.

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Dipl.-Ing. Matthias Gronstedt

Managing Director

Mobile +49 171 9704455

Hasibullah Mirzada

Service Manager

Mobile +49 151 56614326