Distretto Tecnologico Aerospaziale as platform for UAS service industry growth

the case of Grottaglie Test Bed and Bari Open Innovation Hub.

Distretto Tecnologico Aerospaziale is a diffusive test and research place where researchers and stakeholders can experiment with new forms of mobility and logistics, with the goal of:

  • Increasing knowledge on the topics of autonomous driving and Smart Cities.
  • Increasing the capacity of Local Entities – i.e. public administration, research, and business – promoting innovation and exploring new business models.
  • Attracting capital and investment, thereby improving the competitive positioning of the economy – local and national.

A presentation by Michele Giannuzzi, Aerospace scientist and R&T project manager at Distretto Tecnologico Aerospaziale.


Question 1: What drives you?
Creativity does not work as a first driver only for Art: I usually work at the intersection among design – research – development to innovate technological or social ideas and processes.

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
To learn how the Apulia Aerospace Cluster (DTA) is working to bring and promote Urban Air Mobility in Apulia Region and Italy.

Question 3: What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
During my “Aerospace Systems” course, held at the University of Salento, I often speak to my students of autonomous driving and control, mobility-as-service and electrification of aeronautics systems.

Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Cities will be experiencing a dynamic and fast transformation towards decarbonised and more sustainable urban systems.
By consequence, complex transformations will arise, shaping future urban mobility systems. In this framework, air mobility will be the third layer to a city’s mobility network, aiming to contribute to a better and more sustainable commuting system.

Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
In the early, mid- timeframe, introducing innovation on standardization and norms given by civil aviation authorities and the rising of sustainable business models will not be as simple as they seem to be.

About Michele Giannuzzi
Michele Giannuzzi is a professional aerospace engineer, R&TD manager and academic professor. He has an international background and a strong passion for technology and innovation. He has over a decade of experience in research activities both from theoretical and operative standpoints (both design and manufacturing). He is listed on the official “Innovation Managers” list of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development. Primary areas: S.M.E., consulting, and academia.

About Distretto Tecnologico Aerospaziale
Through the scientific and technological excellence, assured by its members, it strengthens the competitiveness of the Apulian production system. DTA Proposes and implements research, training and innovation projects for: the development of key technologies; the creation of new professional figures; the construction of infrastructures at the service of research and innovation.
Distretto Tecnologico Aerospaziale adopts a systematic approach that allows to reach ever more ambitious objectives at national and international level.

We invest in research projects with a high degree of innovation and in specialized training courses

Creation of new infrastructures for the research and development of enabling technologies to strengthen the competitiveness of the territory

Social responsability
We look at the people and the territory to start socio-cultural projects and initiatives for the creation of shared value

High-value Engineering services that favor the comeback to Apulia of qualified technicians and researchers

Courses, masters and doctorates for the training of highly qualified technicians, researchers and technologists

Participation in existing national and international networks and promotion of new ones

Michele Giannuzzi will speak at the 2021 edition of the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference.

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