The multi-body aircraft technology was developed by aerospace engineer Alexander Köthe, M.Sc., as part of his Ph.D. project at the Technische Universität Berlin. As Chief Engineer at Project AlphaLink, he is in charge of the design of the individual aircraft and the development of the joint technology to connect these aircraft. Alex also works on the flight control system to enable autonomous coupling or decoupling in flight mode and to guarantee the autonomous operation of the joint flight formation.
Dr. Daniel Cracau manages the project. His diverse professional experiences from academia, the private sector and international organizations complement the engineering excellence behind Project AlphaLink. Daniel’s responsibilities are strategy, project planning, and administration.
Project AlphaLink currently cooperates with TU Berlin.
Project AlphaLink is member of the StarTUp Incubator of the Centre for Entrepreneurship, TU Berlin, and is kindly supported by Berlin Partner for Business and Technology as part of the Cluster Transport, Mobility and Logistics in the Capital Region.
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.”
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)
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