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On November 13, 2023, DronePort came alive with the buzz of innovation and collaboration as it hosted the DronePort Connect session, a day dedicated to exploring the use of drones in the agro-food sector. Organized in partnership with EUKA / Flanders Make, PC Fruit, ILVO, VITO, and Boerenbond, the event marked a significant gathering of professionals from the broad spectrum of the agrofood industry and developers or providers of drone applications.
On July 25, 2023, a large two-seat passenger drone transported heavy medical cargo through European airspace for the first time, adjacent to populated area. The drone flight, a completely unmanned and automated mission, transported ten blood bags over 1-kilometer distance through DronePort’s proving airspace in Sint-Truiden, Belgium. The operation and test flights were coordinated by Belgian company Helicus, which is known for developing drone applications and technologies for aerial medical transport.
The Board of Directors of DronePort nv has appointed a new CEO. Ward Decaluwe (56) is an aviation expert with a long career within Brussels Airport Company, Sabena and Brussels Airlines. He takes over the helm at DronePort, which aims to further grow into a benchmark in the European drone and aviation innovation industry.
A number of pilots from the Brustem Pilot Association (BPA) are joining forces with Fighters Against Cancer. From Droneport in Sint-Truiden, the pilots are offering a free flight to 17 young patients. TUKI vzw takes care of allocating the seats and coordinating with the patients and parents.
Cosmic Aerospace, an innovative startup with American-Belgian roots that recently raised €1.5 million in venture capital, is building a new electric aircraft. Therefore it develops revolutionary technology for a new type of engine at DronePort, the leading innovation center for aviation in Sint-Truiden, Belgium. The collaboration between Cosmic Aerospace and DronePort highlights the unique value that DronePort offers as a facilitator for cutting-edge aerospace research.
The drone and advanced air mobility sector is evolving rapidly and offers new development opportunities for the aviation industry. That is why Brussels Airport wants to invest in DronePort, a unique ecosystem focused on research, innovation and development in the drone and Advanced Air Mobility market. With this investment, Brussels Airport wants to further support innovation and development in the field of drones.