TEKEVER ASDS (TEK) is a company from the TEKEVER group that develops and delivers advanced technological solutions in the areas of communications, autonomous vehicles and space systems for the aeronautics, space, defence and security markets. It has experience in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) (also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems - UAS, drones or Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems – RPAS) design and development and is involved in standardization work for the insertion of UAVs into European non-segregated airspace.

Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) is the largest and most reputed school of Engineering, Science and Technology in Portugal. Since its creation in 1911, IST’s mission is to contribute to the development of society by providing top quality higher education, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as developing Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) activities to allow it to provide teaching in line with the highest international standards. IST is involved with some of the most prestigious RD&I and technology transfer institutions in Portugal, with remarkable impact internationally in many scientific and technological domains. Internationalization has been defined as a key strategic goal over the past few years with increasing number of international students and staff as well as an increasing participation in international academic networks (e.g. CLUSTER, TIME, CESAER, MAGALHÃES, EIT-KIC InnoEnergy). Through a large number of agreements with other institutions worldwide, IST participates in more than 25 Dual Master programmes, and joint PhD programmes with MIT, CMU, UT-Austin and EPFL, thus promoting a highly modern and culturally diverse society. IST participates in a large number of EC-funded projects, particularly in the programs: FP7 7th Framework Programme (approximately 100, of which 17 is coordinator), Marie Curie Actions, ENERGY, ERA (European Research Area), EURATOM, ERC (European Research Council), LEONARDO DA VINCI, SOCRATES, TEMPUS, LIFE, External Cooperation programmes / ALFA, among others.

Cranfield University (CRA) is an exclusively postgraduate university specialising in technology and management research whilst demonstrating global leadership in the quality of its education provision (both to students and to executive-level professionals). Cranfield is number one in the UK for training and producing engineering and technology postgraduates, ranked number one for defence education and fourth for mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering education in the UK. Cranfield has also been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize in Further and Higher Education four times. The aerospace theme represents one of the largest academic centres in Western Europe for strategic applied research, development and design within aerospace. This is represented by a number of advanced facilities, tools and expertise in the field, including capabilities unique to Cranfield, and several close commercial partnerships. The aerospace theme at Cranfield has also seen significant University investment over recent years, including the development of a new £35million Aerospace Integration Research Centre.

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Europe’s top universities. It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the active promotion of promising young scientists. The university also forges strong links with companies and scientific institutions across the world. TUM was one of the first universities in Germany to be named a University of Excellence. Moreover, TUM regularly ranks among the best European universities in international rankings.

The TUM Institute of Flight System Dynamics (FSD) is dedicated to application oriented research in the fields of flight guidance and control; modeling, simulation, parameter estimation and flight safety; trajectory optimization; sensors, data fusion and navigation; avionics and safety critical systems. It is of paramount importance for the institute to demonstrate the benefits of the research results in real-life environments. The 2 ton DA-42MNG OE-FSD Fly-by-Wire research testbed may serve as an example. TUM-FSD strives to turn its results into real-life products – preferable cooperating with small and medium sized companies or investors from other domains.

Meggitt Sensorex (SX) is a French company, recognized for the design and the manufacturing of high reliability, high performances inertial systems, for aeronautic, spatial and railway customers. SX has been providing for more than 30 years world major players, and was pioneer in the use of Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technology, for inertial sensors in safety critical application, since the early 2000’s. SX also designs and manufacture linear displacement sensors (LVDT) for aircrafts flight controls, and electronic conditioners for sensors.

SX is part of international group Meggitt since 2005. Today, Meggitt, a UK based group, employs around 11000 persons around the world , in 48 operating facilities. SX is part of “Meggitt Sensing Systems” division of Meggitt group, which concentrate facilities dealing with high performance sensing and monitoring systems for aircraft and land-based turbines; test and measurement; avionics; electrical power systems; and aircraft safety and security.

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