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15 March 2016

Altran at the launch of Grottaglie Airport TestBed

Altran Italy was present at the launch of Grottaglie Airport Test Bed. The event was held this morning at Grottaglie (Puglia, province of Taranto). There were Graziano Delrio (Minister of Infrastructure and Transport), Giuseppe Acierno (CEO of Aeroporti di Puglia), Giovanni Soccodato (Director Strategy, Development of Markets and Business Finmeccanica), Vito Riggio (Chairman of ENAC), Massimo Bellizzi (General director of ENAV), general Carlo Magrassi (General Secretary of Defense), Loredana Capone (Council Office for Productive Activities of the Puglia Region). 

At its stand, Altran Italy presented its wide-ranging expertise in aviation, space and defense, as well as some of company's flagship projects: the Portable on Board Printer 3D – which was recently operated aboard the ISS - and Solar Impulse - the first aircraft entirely powered by solar energy, which this year will complete the world tour started last year. 

The presence of Altran Italy at this event confirms the company's aim to increase its presence in Puglia (currently it has offices in Bari and Brindisi), which mainly operates in the aeronautics and automotive industry. The expansion plan of the company includes the recruitment of employees specialized in engineering (for further information about job opportunities, please visit, "Careers" section).

Experts of Altran are working on the research project TAKE OFF (Test and Knowledge-based Environment for Operations, and Flight Facility), financed by the Region Puglia and headed by Aeroporti di Puglia. Among the goals of the project, there are studying, designing and implementing a technological infrastructure able to support experimentation and testing which will take place at the Grottaglie Airport Test Bed, to enable the acquisition, processing and display of data and the results of flight tests. During the project will be studied the development of a management system of ground procedures based on triggers and on process orchestration systems focused on test procedures to enable the airport operator to plan the resources and services offered to customers during a test campaign. Another strand of the study is designing and setting up a prototyping level for the test environment able to detect all flight information defined as part of the flight procedures, using both sensors on board aircraft testing, both the distributed the area covered by the mission. 

Altran, which supports the main international companies in aerospace and defense field, has expertise also in the field of Unmanned Aerial Vechicles (UAV). The Solution Altran "Intelligent Systems" was partner of Thales Safety in the project Watchkeeper: it is the first unmanned aircraft which flied in non-segregated airspace. The flight, overseen by NATS (National Air Traffic Control Services in UK), was conducted on 30 September 2015 and lasted about three hours and a half. Altran, for over a decade, supports NATS in several projects in the security field.

The Grottaglie Airport Testbed is the first national industrial infrastructure completely dedicated to the testing of unmanned aircraft GA (Accompanied Guide) and UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle).

Within the guidelines of the National Transport Plan, the Taranto-Grottaglie Airport plays the role of the Mediterranean logistics platform to aggregate national and international initiatives to support research, development, testing and certification solutions in airports and aerospace field.