Aerospace City in Torino: Project and Strategy

Fulvia Quagliotti
President of the Piemonte Aerospace Cluster

The keynote presents the Aerospace activity in Piemonte Region, Italy including a brief reference to the Aerospace history and development, the international relationship, the cluster’s stake-holders and the technical strategic growth guidelines.

Later on, the Piemonte Aerospace Cluster highlights  are introduced.

In conclusion is presented the Aerospace City Project, an ambitious sustainable ecosystem, consisting of twelve subprojects, involving the big players on the area, academia, research centers and SMEs.

An example of activity concerning the Advanced Air Mobility, under development in the sphere of the Aerospace City is finally described.

Biography of the speaker
Prof. Quagliotti received the MSc degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino (PoliTo) in 1970. Her dissertation was on the stability of the supersonic aircraft Concorde. 

At first, she joined the Italian Delegation at OCSE, in Paris, where she served as technical consultant for the development of European Space Programs. Then, she served as Assistant Professor at the Institute of Applied Mechanics, Aerodynamics and Gas-dynamics at PoliTo. During 1971–74 she joined the FIAT Aviation Division (now Thales Alenia Space, Italy) where she was involved in the development of the Italian satellite SIRIO, and the thermal shields for the European launcher Europa III. She was program manager for the GEOS Satellite and the METEOSAT programs, program-manager for AERITALIA and project control manager for the SPACE LAB program.

She has been Associate Professor of Flight Mechanics, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering since 1983. After retiring in 2016, she remained at PoliTo as Adjunct Professor, and one of her tasks is setting up the Aerospace Museum of Politecnico. During her years at PoliTo she conducted research (national and international projects) in theoretical and experimental Flight Mechanics and experimental Aerodynamics, Flight Simulation, Flight Control, and design of Micro and Mini UAVs. She has published more than 130 technical papers in prestigious journals.

Fulvia has been a member of the NATO AGARD Working Group for the study of aircraft performance at high angles of attack. She joined the AGARD Flight Mechanics Panel from 1992 to 1997, then the NATO-RTO (Research and Technology Organization) and later the NATO-STO (Scientific and Technology Organization) being the Italian Academia representative within the Applied Vehicle Technology (AVT) Panel, until 2016. She also represented the Italian Academia in the System Concept Integration Panel, where she served as Vice-Chair and as Chair of the Program Committee for eight years.

She is still active in the AVT Panel, being co-Chair of the Specialist Meeting AVT-273-RSM-048 on APPROVAL OF RPAS OPERATIONS: AIRWORTHINESS, RISK-BASED METHODS, OPERATIONAL LIMITATIONS (Vilnius, Lithuania, May 2017). She was Local Coordinator for the AVT Panel (April 2018) and co-Chair of the NATO STO AVT Workshop on Artificial Intelligence in Cockpits for UAVs (April 2022) – both took place in Torino. She has served as Observer for the European Commission for several calls within the European JTI Clean Sky Project, and as member of the Scientific Committee of European JTI CLEAN SKY 2 Project. She has been a member of EASN (European Aeronautics Research Network) Board of Directors since 2013. Since May 2020, she is President of the Piedmonte Aerospace Cluster ( with the task to prepare the Aerospace City project. She was recently appointed as President of the commission for the evaluation of the Project MOST (National Program for Sustainable Mobility).

Prof. Quagliotti has held many national and international positions, and she has been on the organizing committees of International Conferences. She has given many Keynote addresses. She is on the Executive Advisory Board of the Springer Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems and Section Editor of the Handbook of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Springer). She received the prestigious NATO STO Scientific Achievement Award in 2018.