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16 March 2018

Delft University of Technology and the municipality of Katwijk set up the Unmanned Valley foundation

Delft University of Technology and the municipality of Katwijk have set up the Unmanned Valley Foundation. The objective is to enable companies, knowledge institutions and authorities to stay ahead in the field of unmanned systems such as drones and other sensor technologies and applications. It is important to be able to test innovations in practice, outside in all weather conditions.

The former Valkenburg naval air base – located 16 kilometers north of The Hague in the Netherlands – is a unique location for the municipality of Katwijk: it has all the space needed for a field lab and is situated close to knowledge institutions and companies that are desperate for a good test location.

The board of the foundation will consist of representatives of the municipality of Katwijk and Delft University of Technology. In addition, an Advisory Board will be set up to provide solicited and unsolicited advice. The initiators of the project, Prince Pieter-Christiaan van Oranje-Nassau and Lucas van Oostrum, have accepted the invitation to sit on the Advisory Board.

The creation of the foundation stems from a bid book for the development of Unmanned Valley presented in June 2016 by a coalition of private and public parties.