01 December 2022
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The CTNA organized a technical-scientific workshop to explore, with the help of national experts from industries, universities and research, a selection of advanced technologies relevant to some of the major trends in Aeronautics and Space. But not only. The day, full of ideas, provided an important opportunity for in-depth analysis to obtain a global vision by listening to different experiences and this comparison highlighted what is working well and what needs to be corrected or improved.

The representatives of small and medium-sized enterprises have perfectly blended with the larger companies, with a view to strengthening the cooperation in which they are each protagonists with their own characteristics: the freshness of ideas on the one hand and consolidated experience on the other . The implementation is in fact reciprocal: the corporate acquires from the smaller entities agility of thought and new tools and the latter a valid and recognized guide which translates into solidity, technical and economic support, as well as certifications. The common goal is to arrive at interesting shared solutions.

Professor Quagliotti’s institutional greetings also recalled the long aerospace tradition linked to the Piedmontese territory while the speech by the Magnificent Rector of the Polytechnic of Turin, Prof. Saracco, highlighted how the host structure is a precious interface with the business world and a place where training at any level is concentrated. It is in this regard and with explicit reference to the national strategy and the PNRR, that the importance of universities that address social impact as a fundamental mission and establish a strong link with government bodies, businesses and the main players in the sector is underlined. economy by creating opportunities for large banking foundations to collaborate. Prof Saracco praised the coordination and direction of the national trajectory in aerospace carried out by the clusters.

We then proceed with the opening of the works under the supervision of the President of the CTNA, Cristina Leone, and the moderation of the tables by Eng. Massimo Sorli.

Prospects that far exceed any criticality, because there are associations such as the CTNA, technological districts and working groups that monitor and analyze the various aspects in which the world of aeronautics and space are articulated and translate them into opportunities, making use of of the collaboration of the main players in the sector but also of experts working in relevant sectors.

The key words are: digitalisation, automation, to which the Digital Twin adds with the numerous perspectives linked to integrated knowledge up to the concept of metaverse.

Finally, sustainability, the importance of which dominated most of the day’s speeches.

The themes intertwine and the discussions reach different levels of depth:

from space exploration with immediate reference to the Moon and explicit reference to Mars, to the positive effects of space technologies for the protection of the Earth, thus touching on the theme of sustainability and recycling, understood as the reuse of disused components.

Another topic addressed is access to space, inextricably linked to launchers and the limits imposed by very high volumes and costs. The relationship of dependence of space with the Earth with regard to everything that must be launched from Earth to support/sustain long-duration missions is not an easy issue to manage. These, in fact, are aspects on which a lot of work is being done with new technologies and the objective of reducing costs and volumes is accompanied by that of being able to produce everything needed on site.

he day is characterized by an enlightening transversality and the introduction of the industry point of view on the discussions already open opens a window on the importance of the digitalisation of factories to guarantee a competitive presence on the market and full customer satisfaction. To do this, companies must be flexible, adaptable and reconfigurable; essentially in various aspects they must be renewed and redesigned to project them into the future.

We are living in a race for innovation which is based on the quality of the product but also on the speed and effectiveness of the response and in this system the rule is that those who fall behind are unfortunately out of the market. It seems clear that the most intelligent solution to make this leap forward possible is to innovate, never losing sight of what is already available: from technical tools to materials up to the broader concept of skills, which must be disseminated not only to technical networks but also to the other divisions, to create a wealth of knowledge that all members of the company can access.

And, speaking of factories, the need for them to be class A emerges clearly and strongly in order to substantially reduce energy consumption.

Finally, in the general perspective of advancement and substantial change, how can we not talk about robotics? This is without a doubt an important added value.

In this regard, the lines of thought can be different: support or replacement of man. In any case, with the right flexibility related to potential use and careful evaluation of the field of application, robotics represents a great challenge.

So, all things considered, young start-ups communicate easily with corporations, new ideas tend to materialize into projects and technologies advance; It really seems like we’re going in the right direction.

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Below are the presentations and videos of the event