The Government of Denmark has developed a unmanned aerial vehicle strategy designed to strengthen the relationships between companies and researchers while positioning the nation as a premier hub for drone related business activity.
Denmark as reserved 30 million kroner for the establishment of new national drone research infrastructure at Aarhus University, Aalborg University and the University of Southern Denmark. The strategy includes six aims and 23 specific initiatives incorporated via the Danish Transport and Building Ministry. New regulations regarding drone flying are also being developed.
“Today, drone technology offers opportunities that few people had imagined just a couple of years ago, so it’s important that legislation, research and business follows along so we can transmute the knowledge to value,” said the education and research minister, Ulla Tørnes. “With a national drone strategy, the government wants to generate the basis for an ambitious and responsible use of drones in the future.”
The government is also positioning HCA Airport near Odense, Denmark to become an international drone testing and development hub. “HCA Airport can now continue working on developing a testing centre of an international standard and help to drive the development of the drone sector in Denmark,” said Anker Boye, the mayor of Odense. “As of today, there are over 2,000 employees in the robotics companies in Odense – and that same development can be established around drones. The potential may be even greater.”