Distretto Tecnologico Aerospaziale


13.11.17 Company Mission to Seattle in occasion of PNAA's 17th Annual Aerospace Conference

Join Niedersachsen Aviation for a European company mission to the world's largest aerospac

13.11.17 First Brazilian Aerospace Business Summit in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil

The Brazilian Aerospace Cluster and the EACP (European Aerospace Cluster Partnership) will


Pierfrancesco Quaranta

E-Mail: pquaranta@dtascarl.it

DTA - Distretto Tecnologico Aerospaziale

Apulian Cluster for Aerospace Technology

Cluster Description

Facts & Figures

Number of companies 19
Number of employees  
Number of research institutes 5
Other cluster members  

Cluster Management

Organizational form  
Financing Member fees; Beyond the fee, budget come directly from the initiatives carried out by the DTA, that are public or privately funded research and innovation projects, analysis, advice, ….

Main Actors

Main industry actors
  • Avio Aero (GE Aviation Business)
  • GSE Industria Aeronautica
  • Salver
    Main research institutes
  • Università of Salento
  • Politecnico di Bari
  • ENEA
  • CNR

    Cluster Competences and Strategy

    Most of the effort is now targeted at the nurturing of the Grottaglie Airport Test Bed, by involving local, national and European industrial players with the objective to create and develop a leading European research node of the aerospace industry.

    Strengths & Competences

    Science & Research

    The research organizations is a valuable part of the DTA, they collaborate with large as well as medium local enterprises and support their research and innovation programs. All the regional universities and private research organizations participate in the collaborative research and development program currently lead by DTA. A number of researchers and professors belonging to University of Salento, to Polytechnic of Bari and University of Bari develop their research in the aerospace themes through DTA and publish their research in international conferences and journals.

    Academic staff contribute effectively to the development of innovative approaches and methodologies, in example laboratories are equipped with very advanced machines for experimentation and testing of manufacturing procedures.

    University of Salento and Politecnico di Bari provide two graduation courses on aerospace engineering themes. In particular, DTA contributed to the identification of the needs for the graduation course offered from September 2015 by the Polytechnic of Bari entitled ‘Engineering of Aerospace System’. This course is held in Taranto, near to the Grottaglie Airport, in order to provide and get benefits of this research and industrial infrastructure.

    DTA is also member of Fondazione Istituto Tecnico Superiore AEROSPAZIO PUGLIA, whose mission is to support local aerospace industry by educating young staff with advanced technical competences able to sustain the future growth of the industry. By taking in consideration the advices of DTA, the on going course provided by the Fondazione Istituto Tecnico Superiore is targeted to RPAS technologies.


    International Collaboration

    Main Challenges

    The main challenges DTA is already facing are the establishment of a stable and sound European perspective in the industrial members, instantiated by collaborative research and innovation projects.