For its third month of activities, Project UFO launched the website. UFO (Emerging indUstries new value chains boosted by small Flying Objects), coordinated by Aerospace Valley, is a INNOSUP-1 project funded under the Horizon 2020 framework of the European Union, launched in May 2020.

It aims to support European SMEs in the development of innovative products and services by integrating new technological solutions and know-how provided by Small Flying Objects (SFOs):

  1. Drones
  2. High Altitude Platforms Systems (HAPS)
  3. Small satellites

with related embedded digital technologies, Key Enabled Technologies (KETs), data analysis and exploitation solutions (ICT) for 6 emerging industries:

  1. Mobility
  2. Climate
  3. Environment
  4. Blue Growth
  5. Digital Creative and Gaming,
  6. Finance and innovation


UFO combines the experience and expertise of 8 clusters from the ICT, Aerospace and Maritime sectors and one European Institute of Innovation and Technology from France, the United-Kingdom, Bulgaria, Romania and Greece. The project will run for 30 month to improve the development and implementation of the Outer Space and Airspace applications in our daily life!


To reach this objective, UFO will collect challenges and needs from end users and potential customers, will foster collaboration of SMEs from the different sectors (SFO, Embedded systems, ICT) during ideation activities and will open application calls to fund directly the most innovative solutions to the proposed challenges - support up to 60.000,00 euros per selected SME.

With a budget of more than 4 million euros, UFO will redirect 3.6 million euros of the budget directly to the SMEs under financial support and mentoring from the clusters. UFO wants to support innovation solutions of 50 to 70 SMEs from Europe.

Feel free to contact them for more information about the coming events and activities.



  • Contacts

Aerospace Valley (coordinator):

Mr. Thaddé BOUCHARD, +33 5 56 84 54 41,


ICT Cluster and Cluj IT (communication):

Mrs. Krasimira, +359 2 489 97 44,

Mr. Robert CINCU, (+4) 0769 474 217,







UFO Consortium

Cluster partners: Aerospace Valley [AV], Minalogic Partenaires [Minalogic], Foundation Cluster Information and Communication Technologies [ICT CLUSTER], Asociatia CLUJ IT [CLUJ IT], Athena Research and Innovation Center in Information Communication & Knowledge Technologies [Corallia], Finance Innovation [FinInnov], Marine South East Limited [MSE], Knowledge Transfer Network Limited [KTN], and Associated Partner : Climate–KIC [Climate-KIC]