Boeing Research and Technology-Europe launches the Galician SkyWay project for future air space management

On May 21st Boeing Research & Technology-Europe celebrated the official launch of the Galician SkyWay project in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. At an event attended by Alberto Núñez Feijóo, President of the Regional Government of Galicia, Boeing and its partners presented the innovative new project which will address the management and safety of air traffic spaces shared between manned and unmanned aircraft.

During the ceremony, Feijóo thanked Boeing for its trust in the community and “the innovation ecosystem we are building”, as well as the work of the entire consortium of companies and institutions that will collaborate in the execution of the project. The project consortium includes the Galician regional government and six partners: Enaire, Inta, Gradiant technology center; the Galician technological multinational Televés; Centum, a Galician technology startup specialized in telecommunications; Soticol, a technology-based company that emerged at the University of Alcalá.

“Today, we are celebrating a historical moment for the future of autonomous navigation”, saidJosé Enrique Román, managing director of Boeing Research & Technology-Europe. Boeing will work together with Galician tech firms to reimagine the future of travel and transport. Spain is known to have exceptional test facilities, the Rozas center in Galicia being one of them. For the next two years our plan is to develop solutions to operational and safety challenges posed by unmanned aircraft systems in shared airspaces.  We look forward to collaborating with our partners and the Galician authorities to evolve the transportation ecosystem.”

The SkyWay project, as part of the Galician Civil UAVs Initiative, will generate 58 local jobs and technology development will be accompanied by training and educational initiatives in the local community and international dissemination of the project. Other Boeing teams such as Boeing Research & Technology, Boeing NeXt, Commercial Airplanes, Insitu, Aurora Flight Sciences and Jeppesen/Boeing Digital Aviation will contribute to steer the project and shape opportunities in the region.

Boeing already supports science, technology, education and math (STEM) education programs in Spain. The Galicia project will provide new opportunities to bring STEM learning, aviation workshops and projects with universities and aeronautics clusters to the region, helping to nurture a new generation of talent.

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