The potential of drones and cluster collaboration in the aerospace ecosystem webinar recap

Submitted by Imogen Allan on 08 June 2021

The meeting of the European Alliance Against Coronavirus on 8 April was dedicated to discussing the aerospace ecosystem; in particular, drones.

Christina Eisenberg from CURPAS Cluster presented the European Drone Cooperation, which was founded in 2019 to create a new partnership for innovation and commercialisation of drone technologies and usages in Europe.

Currently, the initiative has eight members from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, and Spain. They are working on mutual strategic activities, the exchange of experience and best practices, and networks in the frame of European projects. Christina shared several examples of where UAVs are already deployed.

Krzysztof Krystowski from the Silesian Aviation Cluster and European Aerospace Cluster Partnership presented his cluster, which specialises in the production of ultra-light aircrafts and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

They will establish a “drone valley”, with the objective to support the development of the drones and related service sectors. Being a member of the European Drone Collaboration and European Aerospace Cluster Partnership, Krzysztof highlighted the need for more international support through EU funds. The number of projects related to drones is still low and not sufficient for this fast-growing sector.

Mikołaj Jarkowski from the Institute of Aviation Poland presented a White Paper that the institute wrote for the Polish UAV market and that was published by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Polish Economic Institute in February 2019. It contains a thorough SWOT analysis of the market with recommendations, particularly in terms of the European Recovery Fund.

Furthermore, he shared insights into the Vision Study for the future of aviation executed by the European Research Establishments in Aeronautics (EREA), and presented the project ASSURED-UAM - Acceptance, Safety and Sustainability Recommendations for Efficient Deployment of UAM.

The morning session are open to everyone.

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