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First AD-ASTRA Co-Creation Work

As part of the AD-ASTRA project ( of Horizon Europe, coordinated by ART-ER, the first visit to one of the 5 aerospace ecosystems involved in the project (South Holland) was organized on 22 and 23 May.

In particular, the first co-creation workshop was organized on the 22nd, which was held at NEXT Delft ( at the TU Delft university campus ( The workshop was organized by Innovation Quarter ( during the presentation day of "Aerospace delta Agenda 2030". During the meeting, which involved all AD-ASTRA partners (Madrid, Occitania, Apulia, South Holland and Emilia-Romagna) and representatives of TU Delft, Unmanned Valley ( ), Technology Park Ypenburg ( and Province of South Holland (, the emerging megatrends that will contribute to the development of the aerospace sector have been analyzed.

On the second day (May 23) the AD-ASTRA delegation was accompanied by Innovation Quarter in a series of site visits to companies and subjects of primary importance in the aerospace field: Technology Park Ypenburg, Airborne (https://www.airborne. com/), GTM Advanced Structures (, Unmanned Valley and ESA-ESTEC (

Next visit will be “Research to Business” on June 8th-9th (Bologa, Italy).

AD-ASTRA Kicks-off

DTA - Distretto Tecnologico Aerospaziale

In the next months of the project development, 5 co-creation workshops will be organised  with the aim of disseminating information on the intrinsic characteristics of each ecosystem in the aerospace field and collecting insights and feedback from each participant (local stakeholders and project partners) that represent important information to draw a joint action for the 5 regions. The first events to be mentioned are set in correspondence with some of the most important industry events in Europe:


  • “Aerospace Delta Agenda 2030”: May 22nd (Delft, Netherlands).
  • Research to Business”: June 8th-9th (Bologa, Italy).
  • “Drones Beyond”: Second half of October 2023 (Bari, Italy).

Drones and new technologies for the future of cities

DTA - Distretto Tecnologico Aerospaziale

There were about 600 participants on the two days (17-18 November 2022) of "Drones Beyond," the event held in Bari at the Fiera del Levante. Several European municipalities, Italian and European space and control agencies and large companies engaged in aerospace activities took part in the event, which addressed the issue of urban air mobility in Italy and Europe.


The mayor of Bari, Antonio Decaro, recalled the great work done in recent years to strengthen the use of innovative technologies in city government. "It was an extraordinary journey that also allowed the city to become attractive for many young people who are no longer forced to emigrate," he said. The deputy mayor Eugenio di Sciascio, delegate for innovation, illustrated the work carried out with the Aerospace Technological District in the "Bari Open Innovation Hub" project developed to test activities through which to control - using aerospace technologies - the territory and offer innovative services to citizens.


The president of the Aerospace Technology District, Giuseppe Acierno, underlined that "Drones Beyond. 2022 highlights how the issues surrounding the future of our cities and the role of new technologies are not only for insiders but are widely shared and of interest to citizens. In addition, the activities and potential of the Grottaglie Airport Testbed and the Bari Drone Range have been illustrated.


In the afternoon, in the Fiera del Levante area, flight demonstrations were carried out for land control, monitoring activities, and transporting goods with drones. The evening was lit up with hundreds of drones in flight at Fiera del Levante.


Over 600 visitors from Italy and abroad populated the various areas for conferences, exhibitions, shows and competitions. It is a message that motivates the DTA to proceed with determination in creating skills, competencies and values for citizens and businesses.