Research project: ,,i-LUM'' - Innovative Airborne Urban Mobility




Research area: Automation, energy technology, aviation MRO, airborne mobility, mobile sensors  
Supported by: City of Hamburg - State Research Funding (LFF)
In collaboration with:
  • Helmut Schmidt University
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  • HafenCity University of Hamburg
  • German Aerospace Center
Start of project: October 2020
End of project: December 2023




  The Project  

,,iLUM'' is a project as part of the Hamburg X initiative. The aim of this project is to develop, develop and evaluate the feasibility of concepts for innovative air-supported urban mobility for the Hamburg metropolitan region. The feasibility of innovative concepts for future scenarios (2040/2050) will be developed and evaluated. Specifically, the following individual aspects are addressed:


  • Development of concrete overall concepts for airborne mobility in Hamburg, taking into account various scenarios and deriving requirements for vehicles, infrastructure and operations
  • Detailed scientific study of the necessary "enabler" technologies for the vehicle as well as the infrastructural and operational aspects,
  • Evaluation of the utility of selected concepts for the city, its residents and visitors.




The results of acceptance studies and evaluations of user behavior play a special role within this new urban mobility in Hamburg. Design features can be derived from these results. In this way, a concept can be developed that can relieve the city of Hamburg's logistical burden.



  Research at IFPT  

Board- and ground-side command and information systems as well as operational infrastructures are to be developed. For this purpose, the IFPT is developing concepts for an automatic and ground-based MRO. This should, for example, be able to detect and repair damage to the aircraft or be able to load the aircraft with regard to the type of drive and logistics.

The challenges in the development of this automatic ground-based MRO lie in the flexibility of the MRO processes and systems, as the components and damage can be very diverse.




  The infrastructure  

The infrastructure to be developed includes all elements necessary on the ground to maintain, repair and supply the vehicles with loads in terms of propulsion, logistics and people from landing to the next take-off. The main focus is on compliance with the relevant security requirements.

The infrastructure is to be placed on so-called vertiports. Vertiports serve as traffic sources and sinks and must be modeled in terms of their mobility capacity. The infrastructure should enable rapid response and flexibility, with constant technological development required. The MRO processes should have short lead times and be documented over the life cycle of the vehicle.

The project addresses, among other things, the following questions:


  • How should the ground-based MRO infrastructure be conceptualized?
  • What should systems - stationary or mobile - look like for inspecting damage and wear?
  • How can discovered damage be repaired?
  • What level of automation and software intelligence is required for the desired highly automated MRO?
  • Is condition monitoring of the fleet useful and how can it be implemented?




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Completed student work:

Type of work Topic Name Year
Master's thesis Scenario development and conceptual development of a system for condition analysis, maintenance and repair of air vehicles for urban airborne mobility Franziska Roth 2022
Master's thesis Conceptualization of vertiports with regard to ground-based infrastructure for urban airborne mobility Piet Ansgar Scheffler 2022
Bachelor's thesis Analysis of operational environmental cost carriers, their trends and effects within airborne mobility in metropolitan regions Rames Karbasi 2022
Bachelor's thesis Development of a mobilization system for air vehicles at skyports in innovative airborne mobility Wojciech By Zmuda Trzebiatowski 2022
Bachelor's thesis Location analysis and noise emission considerations to enable a fleet in innovative airborne mobility Lucia Agullo Marti 2022
Bachelor's thesis Strategies for the energy supply of vehicles in innovative airborne mobility Tobenna Noah Ijeh 2022
Bachelor's thesis Conceptual design of an information model for condition monitoring in innovative airborne mobility Willem Babendererde 2023
Study work Analysis and expansion of existing topologies of ground-based infrastructures for innovative urban airborne mobility Arne Viebrock 2023





J. Eltgen (2023). Methodik zur ganzheitlichen Analyse bodengebundener Infrastruktur für Urban Air Mobility. 20.09.2023. DLRK Deutscher Luft- und Raumfahrtkongress 2023. Stuttgart, Deutschland. 2023.

J. Eltgen (2023). Beitrag zur Infrastrutkurentwicklung innerhalb der innovativen urbanen luftgestützten Mobilität. 28.06.2023. i-LUM Doktorandenkolloquium 2023. Hamburg, Deutschland. 2023.

J. Eltgen (2023). MROPort for Airworthiness Checks in a Future-Proof Environment. 13.06.2023. AIAA Aviation 2023. San Diego, USA. 2023.


J. Eltgen (2022). Technical Concepts for Inspecting UAVs for Damage. 05.09.2022. 33rd Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, Stockholm, Schweden.

J. Eltgen (2022). Wie Telepräsenz Skyports der AAM erweitern kann. Podiumsvortrag und -diskussion. Autonome Systeme - Support durch Telepresence, nextReality.Hamburg e.V., Hamburg. 05.10.2022.

J. Eltgen (2022). Urbane Mobilität neu denken. Vortrag. Hamburg. 06.12.2022.




J. Eltgen, T.Schüppstuhl. MROPort for Airworthiness Checks in a Future-Proof Environment. AIAA Aviation 2023. San Diego, USA. DOI: . 2023.

J. Eltgen, T. Fraske, G. Mavraj, M. Swaid, D. Kloock-Schreiber, O. Röntgen, T. Schüppstuhl. Methodik zur ganzheitlichen Analyse bodengebundener Infrastruktur für Urban Air Mobility. DLRK 2023, Stuttgart, Germany. 2023.


[accepted] D. Kloock-Schreiber, T. G. G. Grebner, J. Eltgen, V.Gollnick, A. Fay, T.Schüppstuhl. Overall System Architecture of UAM Systems and Air Taxis. Deutscher Luft- und Raumfahrtkongress 2022. Dresden, Deutschland. 2022.

J. Eltgen, T. Schüppstuhl. Technical Concepts for inspectings UAVs for damage. ICAS 2022, Stockholm, Sweden. DOI: 10.15480/882.4760 2022.


G. Mavraj, J. Eltgen, T. Fraske, M. Swaid, J. Berling, O. Röntgen, Y. Fu, D. Schulz. A Systematic Review of Ground-Based Infrastructure for the Innovative Urban Air Mobility. Transactions on Aerospace Research. DOI: . 2021.


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