Embraer, ITA, and FAPESP open Engineering Research Center to accelerate Future Air Mobility
Embraer, ITA (Aeronautical Technological Institute), and FAPESP (SãoPaulo State Research Support Foundation) held today the inauguration ceremonyof the Engineering Research Center (CPE), dedicated to the Air Mobility for theFuture studies.
The event, held at the ITA campus in Sao Jose dos Campos, Sao Paulo, wasattended by the governor of the State of São Paulo, Tarcísio de Freitas, by thedirector of the Department of Aerospace Science and Technology, LieutenantGeneral Maurício Augusto Silveira de Medeiros, by the president of FAPESP,Marco Antonio Zago, and the rector of ITA, Professor Anderson Ribeiro Correia,among other leaders and researchers from the academic and innovation community.
The unprecedented initiative in Brazil in the field of Air Mobility forthe Future was announced last year and brought together representatives fromthe scientific community and professionals from the aeronautical industry inactivities based on three pillars: low-carbon aviation, autonomous systems, andadvanced design and manufacturing. The goal is to find innovative technologicalsolutions that will enhance the sustainability and competitiveness of theglobal innovation ecosystem.
The CPE counts on a shared investment of R$ 48 million (around US$ 10million) over the next five years to purchase research equipment, researchgrants, and administrative support. Called FLYMOV, the applied researchenvironment favors constructing and disseminating knowledge, training highlyqualified human resources, and producing high-impact scientific andtechnological results.
"It is an immense satisfaction to accompany the beginning of theactivities of the Engineering Research Center that brings together great talentsin conducting applied research of high value to society," said Luís CarlosAffonso, Embraer's Vice-President of Engineering and Technology. "We arevery excited about the partnership with ITA and other institutions that createsa favorable environment for the search for solutions focused on zero-carbonaviation, autonomous systems, and advanced manufacturing, fundamental tobuilding future air mobility."
The CPE is expected to bring together about 150 professionals amongprofessors, research fellows, and experts from the aeronautics industry whoseek innovative technological solutions. This partnership enables theconditions for technology transfer between industrial, public, and third-sectorplayers, enhancing the competitiveness of the Brazilian and global innovationecosystem.