Public Appearances

During the 3rd Start-up Night! Aerospace hosted by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy on October 10, 2019, AlphaLink pitched on the main stage and exhibited as part of the UAV DACH.

AlphaLink Chief Engineer Dr.-Ing. Alexander Köthe was awarded the Claudius Dornier Jr. Dissertation Award for his PhD thesis on “Flight Mechanics and Flight Control for a Multibody Aircraft” at the 2019 German Aerospace and Aeronautics Congress in Darmstadt.

In the Drone Pioneer Award 2019, AlphaLink was awarded the 2nd prize for its sustainable approach. Daniel Cracau attended the ceremony a part of the European Drone Summit 2019 in Stuttgart on Wednesday, September 18.

At the 2019 StartupNight hosted by Deutsche Telekom in Berlin, AlphaLink was granted a spot to talk about compound aircraft and further solutions for unmanned systems under the category “The Next Next”.

Exhibiting its compound aircraft technology, the AlphaLink team presented at the 1. National Aviation Conference held at August 21 at the Leipzig/Halle Airport. Among guests at our booth were Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Andreas Scheuer, and Thomas Jarzombek, Commissioner for the Digital Industry and Start-ups and Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy.

AlphaLink was selected for the Mistletoe Research Foundation 2019 Startup Collaboration. As Startup Fellows, Daniel Cracau and Alexander Köthe participated in the corresponding Autonomy/Mobility Workshop from August 14-16 in the Silicon Valley.

The Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy recognized Project AlphaLink in its publication “…mit Drohnen” on the impact of drones on the German society and economy.

The compound aircraft technology developed at the TU Berlin was awarded the 1st prize at the 2019 German Aviation Innovation Award in the category “Fliegen neu Denken” (Flying Outside the Box). Our CTO Alexander Köthe received the prize during the Digital Aviation Conference taking place at June 6, 2019, in Berlin.

Chief Engineer Alexander Köthe informed the audience about the latest developments during the HAPS4ESA Workshop in Leiden in February 2019. The AlphaLink approach of coupled aircraft stood out among a range of conventional HAP technologies and programs presented at the event.

In first meeting of the Joint European Disruptive Inititiave (J.E.D.I.) in Berlin, AlphaLink urged the need to further explore future space applications based on a common ground.

In the focus session on HAP technologies, AlphaLink contributed to the ESA Earth Observation Φ-week on EO Open Science and FutureEO in a 20-minute presentation.

At the IAC 2018 in October in Bremen, AlphaLink was selected to participate in the IAF Startup Pitch Session as one of ten startups from all over the world.

In July 2018, AlphaLink won the 3rd prize in the Life Sciences & Technology category of the Research to Market Challenge.

At the ILA  Berlin Airshow in April 2018, AlphaLink exhibited a prototype of its integrated flight control system Smart FC(R) and informed visitors about the technology of unmanned connected aircraft. The two co-founders Alex and Daniel also gave on-stage talks at the ILA Future Lab and the ILA CareerCenter. In a 3-minute report broadcasted by RBB Abendschau, AlphaLink celebrated its first appearance on TV on April 27, 2018.

In an invited talk, Daniel Cracau represented AlphaLink in front of international visitors from the Space Community at the New Space Vision Conference 2018 in Berlin.

AlphaLink was awarded Innovative Drone Hero Europe 2018 at the Commercial Expo UAV Europe in Amsterdam. In the contests among participants from 13 European countries, the unique approach and the potential of AlphaLink convinced the jury: “Although it is still in a concept phase, the solution of Alphalink is very innovative. Their pitch was the best overall. They have found a very specific innovation, that could be a real game changer when implemented successfully. This is innovation at its best, no doubt.”

The advances of Project AlphaLink were presented at the Space Tech Expo Europe 2017 in Bremen, Germany. See Interview and Presentation

At the International Aerospace Exhibition and Conference (ILA) 2016 in Berlin, Germany, Project AlphaLink exhibited under the former project name X-Pede 2. See Interview (German)


BDLI Innovation of the week. “Are Aircraft the better Satellites?” (January 2020)

Northern Sky Research Report: “High Altitude Platforms, 3rd Edition (HAPs3)” (September 2019) “AlphaLink: Flugsystem der Zukunft” (August 19, 2019)

Katalog Deutscher Raumfahrtakteure (KaRA): Collection of the German Space Community (March 2019)

DRONE INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: “The Commercial Drones Industry: Global Outlook 2019” (January 2019)

MAGAZINE B: No. 71 DJI (January 2019)

CES Las Vegas: “Berlin: Moving Mobility to the Next Level” (January 16, 2019)

Berlin to Go: “Berliner Startup gewinnt beim Drone Hero Europe“, Issue 02/2018 (July 2018)

Unmanned Systems Technology: “Size matters. Advances in a range of technologies are enabling UAV designers to develop ever-smaller craftsue 021“, Issue 021 (August/September 2018)

DRONES Magazin: Issue 04/2018 (June 1, 2018)

Drone Industry Map (2018)

Courier: “Berlin: ready for lift-off“, Issue 22 (April 2018)

New Space Berlin: The Space Industry in the German Capital Region

SPACE NEWS: “How close are high-altitude platforms to competing with satellites?” (October 26, 2017)

SPACE NEWS: “Germany wants more space startups but entrepreneurs struggle for liftoff” (October 24, 2017)