Posted September 15, 2018 11:05:07At a press conference held on Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that a total of 13,000 hectares of land have been acquired and a total cost of 2.2 billion euros has been spent to put the landers into operation.
Merkel said the cost of the landings is 1.8 billion euros and will be split between the federal government, the regional governments and the state government.
She said the land-grabbing operation was the most important step in achieving the land reclamation target for the 2020 election campaign.
The landers are designed to look like a small plane and will land on the land of an individual or an area of a small town, according to a German government statement.
Merkels spokesperson said the pilot will be flying in his Boeing 737MAX aircraft.
“I believe this is an important step,” she said, adding that the landing will take place on the first of September.
“The total cost for the land project is 2.6 billion euros.
This is the largest land project in the history of German aerospace.”
German politicians have already begun discussing whether the land will be re-appropriated by the federal state.
The German Federal Election Commission, the federal election watchdog, has given the green light to the project and it has been handed to the regional authorities.
According to the Federal Election Agency (BFA), which oversees elections in Germany, the total cost is currently estimated at 1.7 billion euros but the actual cost will likely be higher.
The BFA estimates that the costs of reclamation, construction and operation will be about 2 billion euros each, while the Federal Transport Ministry says it will cost 1.6-2 billion.