[Translate to Englisch:] „Wir maßen uns an, besser als ein Helikopter zu fliegen. Und vor allem deutlich günstiger“, so der Gründer Oliver Zöllner. Foto: Ole Freier

Startup takes off: Beagle Systems receives permission to ascend

The Beagle Systems drone startup has received a general ascent permit for flights without visual contact in the state of Lower Saxony. An important step to convince investors and potential customers. The team, based in a commercial building in Hamburg-Wandsbek, develops and produces drones using 3D printing.


The Startup Beagle Systems is developing an unmanned inspection and transport aircraft that can legally fly up to 100 kilometres without visual contact with the controller. This would make it possible to carry out power line or track maintenance without the need for expensive helicopter rentals. However, the application also focuses on medical transports from hospital to pathology. 

Together with his two co-founders Mitja Wittersheim and Jerry Tang and the lawyer Dr. Amos Münch as strategic partner, Oliver Zoeller has now received a general ascent permit for flights without visual contact in the state of Lower Saxony for the software testbed (a somewhat smaller drone with less weight and payload on which the software is tested). This means that the team can now perform commercial flights outside of cities up to 50 kilometers distance and 500 grams payload. "This is a big step for us, as we have been able to explain to investors and customers that we can offer such flights, but there was still an understandable scepticism," says Zoeller.

For planned customer projects and both the current (convertible loan) and the upcoming (seed) financing round, Beagle Systems can thus demonstrate that its concept not only works technically, but can also be implemented in the strict legal environment in Germany.

Beagle Systems is supervised by beyourpilot consultant Dr. Andrea Otto and qualified for the EXIST start-up grant as well as the InnoRampUp grant from the Hamburgische Investitions- und Förderbank (IFB Hamburg), which supports start-ups with grants of up to 150,000 euros in the start-up phase.