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FMCI Team with Minister Jack Chambers

Minister Jack Chambers TD visits Future Mobility Campus Ireland

Future Mobility Campus Ireland welcomed the opportunity to host the  Minister of State for the Department of Transport Jack Chambers TD during a recent visit to Shannon Airport to announce almost €17 million to support capital projects at Regional Airports.  

During the visit, FMCI CEO, Russell Vickers gave the minister an overview of FMCI’s story, including its founding steps, ambitions, and funding support through Enterprise Ireland and its founding partners. The minister was impressed by the innovative approach that FMCI has taken in addressing mobility challenges in Ireland and beyond.


FMCI Team with Minister Jack Chambers

Minister of State for the Department of Transport Jack Chambers TD pictured at Future Mobility Campus Ireland with Future Mobility Campus Team (from left): ; Cathal Crowe TD; Russell Vickers, Wassim Derguech, Danijel Benjak, Diarmuid Ó Conchubhair and Johanne Flinn.

In addition to the overview and tour, the minister also had an insightful conversation about the ÉALÚ-AER project with FMCI COO, Dr. Wassim Derguech (Coordinator of the project). The project aims to develop a safe and efficient management of drone operations in Class C airspace by implementing U-space services in Ireland using cutting-edge aviation technologies. Minister Chambers expressed his appreciation for the project and its potential impact on the aviation industry in Ireland and Europe.

The visit was a great opportunity for FMCI to showcase its commitment to developing innovative solutions for mobility challenges. The funding support received through Enterprise Ireland and other founding partners help to further advance the development of the campus and its facilities, ensuring that it remains at the forefront of mobility innovation. FMCI would like to extend its thanks to Minister Chambers for taking the time to visit the campus and for his continued support of the organization’s mission to drive mobility innovation in Ireland.

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ABOUT Future Mobility Campus Ireland (FMCI)

FMCI is the first complete development centre and full-scale testbed in Ireland, based in the Shannon Freezone and operating across Europe. The facility focuses on comprehensive mobility technologies that span both ground (autonomous driving, micro-mobility, smart cities, V2X communications) and air (unmanned drones, eVTOL, AAM, UTM) uses.

The facility is supporting a range of parties, from individual researchers to multi-national corporations, to start-ups and Government entities, to conceive, develop, trial, and deploy societally-transformative transport solutions in Shannon and across Ireland.

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ÉALÚ-AER is one of the first European Digital Sky Demonstrators to focus on U-space and Urban Air Mobility as part of the European ATM Master Plan designed by the SESAR Joint Undertaking (JU). SESAR JU aims at accelerating through research and innovation the delivery of an inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Digital European Sky.

Digital Sky Demonstrators, such as ÉALÚ-AER, are high-level Technology Readiness Level (TRL 7-8) projects that are funded in collaboration with the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) under the Connected Europe Facility (CEF) funding instrument.

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