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SABCA takes drones to new heights at DronePort

Part of the French Dassault Group, aerospace expert SABCA plans to base its drone activities at DronePort in Sint-Truiden, Flanders. The location provides the multinational with the ideal platform to open new market segments.

State-of-the-art UAS test center

DronePort is a new, state-of-the-art test and business center for the development of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), an initiative of the city of Sint-Truiden (Flanders) and local investment firm LRM. Located at a former air force base, it has all the necessary equipment, infrastructure and airspace for high-altitude drone testing. “This is one of the main reasons why SABCA is coming here,” confirms Pascal Vossius, municipal counselor for economics in Sint-Truiden.

Global players

The investment amount of Sabca’s project has not yet been confirmed, “but it goes without saying that the presence of this global aerospace player will be of great added value to the test and business center,” Vossius adds. “Its presence may even attract other large industry players to DronePort.”

Strong in aerospace

SABCA already operates a site in Flanders, more specifically in Lummen, for the production of composite materials for the aerospace industry in Flanders and beyond. The company’s strengths have convinced a broad range of international businesses in the aerospace industry, from Dassault, Airbus, Fokker, Safran, ASL and European rocket manufacturer Arianespace.

Construction of the new main building at DronePort will start in September.

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Reported by
De Tijd newspaper
22 June 2017

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