The SkyGate initiative is inspired by the echoes from one of the most important sites in the history of Italian aeronautics.
A few years after the first flight in history by the Wright brothers, Turin was the stage of aeronautical experimentation and production.
In 1914 S.I.T. (Società Italiana Transaerea) of Turin won the contract for the production of 80 Blériot aircraft.
In 1917, SIT was purchased by Ansaldo.
Since 1918 FIAT-Aviation starts a production that will lead to totaling:
32,000 aviation engines;
13,000 airplanes sold in 27 countries,
built in the immediate premises of the "Edoardo Agnelli"'s Turin City airport.
Moving into a new dimension
It is estimated that by 2035 about 23,000 eVTOLs (electrical Vertical Take-Off and Landing) should be in service for passenger transport, in addition to hundreds of thousands of drones for goods deliveries, precision agriculture, emergency medicine transport, etc.
70 B€ by 2035.
Porsche Consulting 2019
The development of the eVTOL market is driven and strongly influenced by the continuous development of enabling technologies from the aeronautical and automotive sectors, both of which are part of the industrial heritage and know-how of Turin since more than 110 years.
The emergence of key enabling technologies that enable mobility and ground mass have a potential direct impact on aviation, and in particular on general aviation, which is largely able to test and adopt them faster and more directly than commercial aviation.
The evolution of avionics and diagnostics systems, the optimization of the propulsion chain, the refinement in the formulation and production of composite materials, permanent sky-to-ground communication and telemetry systems are all elements converging towards a safer, more sustainable and widespread general aviation.
Safer, sustainable, more accessible
The Skygate project is located in the immediate proximity of the most important regional aerospace industrial pole in the heart of Piedmont's urban fabric,
the future Aerospace City.
The presence of large corporations such as Leonardo, Thales Alenia Space and Altec, will be enriched and integrated by the new aerospace campus of Politecnico di Torino.
The airfield grounds extends over the urban area of Collegno, adjacent to Turin's aerospace industrial hub and only few minutes by public transportation from the city's center and it is currently in operation as a "Schenghen" airport for general & recreational aviation.
FULL-STACK TECHNOLOGY FOCUS
On-Grid charge/discharge and balance management
Controllers & Invertors
Redundancy & passive safety
Materials (e.g. composites)
Processing (e.g. additive manufacturing)
Flight planning & booking
eDriver service providers
Data collection & predictive maintenance
Electric / Hybrid Propulsion
Automation / AI
Airframes / Materials
SkyGate is ready to host the experimental development of all the main technological segments involved in vertical mobility and advanced general aviation, both in terms of flight hardware & software and ground services.
A wide range of services dedicated to the needs of those dedicated to the development of vertical mobility and genearal aviation technologies & enterprises will be made available within SkyGate