Unmanned Valley welcomes its first inhabitants, all active in the field of aerospace, drones and sensors. Aerialtronics, Deck180, Drone Flight Company, Dutch Drone Academy, Elkay International (Europe) and Marshall Netherlands are relocating to the field lab for sensor-related technologies and applications at former Valkenburg Naval Air Base in Katwijk. Atmos, Drone Light Labs and Mapture.ai will follow in the coming months. This represents an important step towards the development of a fully-fledged ecosystem for drones and other sensor-based innovations.
With the arrival of the first companies, the available space is already almost completely filled, successfully completing the first development phase of “building 356.” “More and more tests have already been carried out on the site, but now, Unmanned Valley really comes to life,” says program manager Theo de Vries. “Well before the official delivery date in July, we had leased some 90 percent of the units and the second phase can be developed earlier than expected.” In this next phase, the Rijksvastgoedbedrijf will realize 1700 m2 of space for a mix of startups and scale-ups, mature companies and knowledge institutions.
Unmanned Valley is an initiative of Delft University of Technology and the municipality of Katwijk. It’s made possible by contributions from central government, the province of South Holland and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). In time, it’s to become a breeding ground for high-tech activities.