Experienced aeronautical engineer to make drones mainstream

Experienced aeronautical engineer to make drones mainstream

Denmark’s national drone test center, UAS Denmark Test Center, is strengthening its competencies in the development and optimisation of drone technologies. Lars Illum Jørgensen, who has more than 25 years of experience from the airborne defence industry in particular, will be the new business developer from 1 October.

There are few Danes with a CV that has as much air under the wings as Lars Illum Jørgensen.

With more than 20 years of experience from the aerospace and defence industry, especially a number of positions and responsibilities at Airbus Defence & Space, he is now being brought home to Denmark, where he will help the national drone test center UAS Denmark Test Center at HCA Airport to develop and disseminate tomorrow’s drone technologies in areas such as green aviation, defence and health – including facilitating the development of the airspace of the future, shared by both drones and traditional manned air traffic.

In short, Lars Illum Jørgensen will contribute to making drones as natural a part of the airspace as the manned aircraft that his career has so far centred around.

  • UAS Denmark Test Center combines everything that makes the drone industry exciting right now.
    They have a vibrant environment and work with development, startups and infrastructure, and
    with both an airport and airspace at their disposal, there is great potential to invite partners to
    visit and create great results together. Drone technology is still at a stage where development can
    go in many directions and I am very much looking forward to being part of finding the right path,
    says Lars Illum Jørgensen.
    He leaves a position as Chief Engineer for Airbus’ Eurofighter Tranche 4 programme and will start
    working in Odense on 1 October. He is originally from Svendborg and has lived on Funen for the
    first 20 years of his life.
    Northern European hotspot for drone technology
    UAS Denmark Test Center is establishing itself as a Northern European hotspot for research,
    education, development, testing and application of drone technology. Approximately 3,000 drone
    operations were conducted at the center in 2022, and companies such as Falck, Boing Insitu and
    QuadSAT are among the users of the center’s facilities and airspace.
    The hiring of Lars Jørgensen is thus part of UAS Denmark Test Center’s ambition to attract even
    more activities to the test center in the coming years.
  • It is a great advantage for us that Lars brings experience from both the civil and military aviation
    industry. Both are in rapid development, and therefore his competences and network are worth
    their weight in gold. It is difficult to find capabilities that have the same experience with both
    business development and military projects combined with a great interest in and knowledge of
    education, research and international collaborations, says Michael Larsen, Head of UAS Denmark
    Test Center.

Internationally recognised facilities

As one of the only drone test centres in Europe, UAS Denmark Test Center has test and laboratory facilities, an airspace that extends well into the Kattegat and a business park with a number of
resident drone companies and research institutions.

The test centre is located at HCA Airport in Odense and is a collaboration between the University
of Southern Denmark, Odense Municipality and HCA Airport.

For further information, please contact:
Michael Larsen, Head of UAS Denmark Test Center: +45 25 50 53 01/ lmla@hca-airport.dk

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