Austrian UcM - Austrian UAS for Civil Missions

In the AustrianUCM exploratory project, the potential of Austrian aviation suppliers, research and development organisations in the international market environment of unmanned aerial vehicles will be analysed, resulting in an Austrian UAS (unmanned aerial systems) research agenda . The focus was on unmanned aircraft for predominantly civilian applications with a maximum take-off weight of less than 150 kg, and underlying national law.

Short Description


The exploratory project Austrian UCM aims to establish a research agenda in the UAS area for Austrian aviation supply, research and development organisations. The focus is set on unmanned aerial vehicles for predominantly civil use with a maximum take-off weight of less than 150kg, which are subject to national law. The UAS market has a high growth potential and thus offers the best opportunities, especially for the Austrian medium-sized industry.


  • To overview UAS systems and identify potential suppliers.
  • To compare the target-actual state of technology and development, as well as identifying and evaluating research needs.
  • To create a research agenda as guidelines on the way to developing and producing an unmanned aerial vehicle in Austria.


For this project, the international UAS market is systematically investigated and analysed, and existing market and technology potentials are identified. All relevant systems and subsystems are defined and the technology needs are derived from the TARGET comparison of the technology level in Austria and in selected European countries. 

A technical as well as an economic "RPAS configurator" is created as a tool, which should help to set up and coculated flight systems in the sense of a preliminary design on the basis of approval-technical framework conditions. Subsequently, a research agenda is drawn up from the analysis of the supply industry and the research needs identified during the course of the project.


Internationale Marktbeobachtung, Definition der relevanten Systeme und Teilsysteme von UAS, Identifikation potenzieller Zulieferer, Ist-Soll-Vergleich des Entwicklungs. Und Technologiestandes, Identifizierung und Bewertung des Forschungsbedarfs, Erstellung einer Forschungsagenda.

International market observation, definition of relevant systems and subsystems of UAS, identification of potential suppliers, actual-target comparison of development and technology status, identification and evaluation of research needs, creation of a research agenda.


In the course of the project, the project partners have succeeded in assuming a key position in the national UAS landscape. Correspondingly, the creation of the LBTH67 was strongly supported by FH JOANNEUM. The AAI UAS working group has played a key role in the integration of RPAS manufacturers (especially SMEs) and manufacturers, users and government bodies during the project's lifetime. 

The collaboration of all project partners in the drafting of the regulations (participation of aviation students in CS-LUAS, LBTH67 through internships and final dissertations, evaluation support by AAI) has resulted in a clear added value in this area compared to the objectives formulated in the proposal. 

With further activities (Ritzinger's master's thesis, attendance at various international conferences as well as organisation of international events in Austria), Austria has been able to sustainably expand its role as a "pioneer" within the smaller EU-countries, especially in the regulatory work of government bodies, industry and research facilities.

Project Partners

Funding program: TAKE OFF