Terra Drone‘s Group Company, Unifly’s UTM System Enables International First Autonomous Petrochemical Sample Transport at Port of Antwerp

June 20, 2024

Tokyo, Juna 20, 2024 – Unifly, a group company of Terra Drone Corporation, and a global leader in Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) solutions, proudly announces its pivotal role in enabling the first-ever autonomous drone transport of petrochemical analysis samples at the port of Antwerp. This groundbreaking initiative from ADLC, SGS and BASF, facilitated by Unifly’s advanced UTM system, marks a significant milestone in the integration of autonomous drone technology into industrial operations.



The SAMPLIFLY project is an international industry first, meeting strict safety and regulatory requirements. ADLC is the first in Europe approved for drone transport of petrochemical samples and the first worldwide within a port’s non-segregated controlled airspace. Traditionally, sample transport is conducted by road. Using drone logistics reduces transport time by up to six times, decreases CO2 emissions by up to 80%, and significantly enhances operational efficiency for both BASF Antwerp and SGS.

Unifly’s NextGen UTM system ensures safe drone operations at the port of Antwerp with real-time monitoring, automated flight planning, and enhanced situational awareness, enabling seamless BVLOS operations. Serving as a consultant for the SAMPLIFLY project, Unifly played a crucial role in obtaining flight authorizations. Since the Antwerp-Bruges Port Authority utilizes Unifly’s UTM system, it was instrumental in managing the necessary approvals. 

Operational since mid-March 2021, the Port of Antwerp-Bruges DronePortal has processed over 5,700 flight authorizations, playing a pivotal role in the evolving U-space landscape. The implementation of Unifly’s UTM system at Port of Antwerp-Bruges, in cooperation with SkeyDrone, has created an environment that fully enables the potential of the drone industry.

Marc Kegelaers, Co-founder, ADLC, states that “Leveraging the advanced UTM system of Unifly has been instrumental in making the SAMPLIFLY project a reality. This partnership has enabled us to meet stringent safety requirements and pioneer the use of autonomous drones for petrochemical sample transport, setting a new benchmark for efficiency and innovation in the logistics industry.”

Andres Van Swalm, CEO of Unifly, commented, “We are thrilled to see our UTM system enabling such a transformative project. The successful implementation of BVLOS operations for petrochemical sample transport demonstrates the immense potential of autonomous drones in industrial applications. This project sets a new standard for safety and efficiency in drone logistics.”


About ADLC

ADLC is a leading drone logistics company specializing in the transport of goods via autonomous drones. Through innovative solutions and strategic partnerships, ADLC aims to revolutionize the logistics industry by providing efficient, safe, and sustainable transport services. For more information, please visit https://adlc.eu/en.

About Unifly

Unifly, a technology company deeply rooted in aviation, is committed to enabling and advancing the safety and efficiency of autonomous aviation through cutting-edge technology. The Unifly platform serves as a vital link between authorities, drone pilots, and various stakeholders, facilitating the safe integration of next-generation aircraft into the airspace. By digitizing and automating Traffic Management, and by integrating with drones and Urban Air Mobility (UAM), the platform is addressing the exponential growth in air traffic generated in the upcoming decades. The company has a proven track record of implementing UTM nationwide in more than eight countries, establishing it as a world leader in this industry.

For more information, visit the updated website at https://www.unifly.aero or contact us at press@unifly.aero.

About Terra Drone

Terra Drone is a pioneering drone and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) technology company headquartered in Japan. With the mission to “Unlock X Dimensions” and create a prosperous future by “crossing” bridges, Terra Drone integrates diverse fields to foster innovation and find solutions. The company’s proprietary, patented technologies in drones, sensors, and software are the foundation of its specialized solutions that range from surveying and inspections to pesticide spraying and are revolutionizing key industries including oil and gas, construction and engineering, chemicals, electricity, and agriculture on a global scale.
For more information, please visit http://www.terra-drone.net

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