Distretto Tecnologico Aerospaziale


Founded in 2009, DTA s.c.a.r.l. – Distretto Tecnologico Aerospaziale (Technological Aerospace Cluster) is a nonprofit consortium society based in Brindisi, Apulia region, Italy. Its members include enterprises, academia, public and private research centres. Recognised by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) as a technological cluster, DTA proposes and implements research, training and innovation projects aiming to develop key technologies, to create new professional figures, and to build infrastructures for research and innovation at national and European level. Research, innovation and education have been instrumental for the growth and consolidation of the aerospace sector in Apulia, helping to strengthen its international reputation. This is confirmed by the number of companies (over 80), of employees (including researchers over 7,000) and the value of exports which in 2018 was 561.6 million euros, with an impact on national exports that exceeded 9.7%, and in 2019 an export turnover of 738 million euros, up by 31.8 % compared to the previous year and an incidence on national exports of 11.9%. Thanks also to the strategic vision and technological expertise of the DTA, Apulia is, today, one of the most competitive Italian regions in the aerospace sector, with a strong attractiveness and concentration of initiatives, resources and investment.

Space highlights

DTA is involved in a number of national and international space projects in collaboration with industries, research centres, academia and space agencies, at national and international level. Regional skills and expertise include:

  • design and building of satellites; space applications in the field of Earth observation, navigation and integrated applications
  • Aeronautic manufacturing development and applications of Industry 4.0 technologies to aerospace industry (Advanced materials, additive manufacturing, augmented reality, cyber security, Big)
  • UAS/RPAS: Aerial platform development
  • UAS/RPAS applications in service provision: precision farming, emergency management
  • Space technologies: Application of GNSS and SATCOM services to unmanned transports ƒ Aerospace propulsion system
  • Microsatellites: satellite platform and avionic modules, propulsion systems, innovative EO services
Moreover, DTA has launched in partnership with Aeroporti di Puglia (AdP), the “”Grottaglie Test Bed””, a national research infrastructure with the mission to become a pole of excellence in the testing of UAVs.


Regione: Puglia

Presidente del distretto: Giuseppe Acierno 

Head quarters: S.S. 7 “Appia” – km 706+030 – Brindisi BR | 72100

Point of Contact
Giuseppe Acierno
+39 3357679898

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