On May 10, 2023 - General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) will host the latest iteration of its “Blue Magic Belgium” event. This year’s event, which will be held in Charleroi, will again bring together Belgian businesses and aerospace industry leaders. But this year’s event will grow to include more companies and a broader base of technologies that will vie for venture capital investment. Joining GA-ASI this year will be Lockheed Martin Ventures and Belgium-based technology facilitator A6K.
“We want to build on our Blue Magic concept to foster a collaborative environment for technology ideation and implementation to add even greater value to our suite of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) and to advance the course of the RPA industry as a whole,” said Brad Lunn, Managing Director for Strategic Finance at GA-ASI.
Areas of focus for Blue Magic Belgium 2023 will be :
- Artificial Intelligence
- Machine Learning
- Advanced Materials
GA-ASI started working with Belgium-based businesses after the Belgian Ministry of Defense announced in 2020 that it will acquire GA-ASI’s MQ-9B SkyGuardian® RPA. Since that announcement, GA-ASI has hosted three BMB events (one was held remotely in 2020 due to COVID restrictions) and work has commenced with a broad range of Belgian businesses, including AeroSimulators Group; Airobot; ALX Systems; Coexpair; DronePort; Hexagon’s Safety, Infrastructure & Geospatial division; ScioTeq; SABCA; Thales Belgium; and ST Engineering.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems, including the Predator® RPA series and the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar. With more than seven million flight hours, GA-ASI provides long-endurance, mission-capable aircraft with integrated sensor and data link systems required to deliver persistent flight that enables situational awareness and rapid strike. The company also produces a variety of ground control stations and sensor control/image analysis software, offers pilot training and support services, and develops meta-material antennas. For more information, visit www.ga-asi.com.