The Netherlands has welcomed the first drone and aerospace companies to its ‘Unmanned Valley’, a testing site in the country’s disused Valkenburg naval air base in Katwijk.
The site is aiming to become a “fully-fledged ecosystem for drones and other sensor-based innovations”, inviting many of the biggest players in the industry.
So far Aerialtronics, Deck180, Drone Flight Company, Dutch Drone Academy, Elkay International (Europe) and Marshall Netherlands are the first companies to move in.
Atmos, Drone Light Labs and Mapture.ai will reportedly be settling in Unmanned Valley in the coming months.
In the next phase, the Central Government Real Estate Agency is expected to create 1700sqm of space for a mix of startups and scale-ups, mature companies and other institutions.
“More and more tests have been carried out on the site, but with the arrival of the first companies, Unmanned Valley has really come to life,” said Theo de Vries, Unmanned Valley program manager. “Drones often only make headlines as a threat to air traffic or as a pizza delivery service.
“These companies show that the reality is different and that the economic and social potential for the Netherlands is gigantic. ”