Quantum and Aerospace at Farnborough International Airshow

The quantum industry is gaining an higher and higher level of development in the telecommunications market, mainly focusing on optical fiber infrastructures. In parallel, the quantum world is turning its eyes to the above elaborating effective solutions also for satellite free space Quantum Key Distribution (QKD).

The pair “quantum-outer space” is opening a new window of opportunities for QKD providers. QTI is working to meet the challenges of these developments and, in this sense, the company has recently participated in Farnborough International Airshow, the greatest worldwide event for the aerospace and defence industry.

Farnborough International Airshow at large

Farnborough International Airshow is held biannually since 1948 and managed by FIL Farnborough International Ltd. The show runs for five days, with the last day open to the general public.

The location, Farnborough airport, is the birthplace of aviation in the European continent. The first powered flight in Britain was performed therefrom on 16 October 1908, when Samuel Cody took off in his British Army Aeroplane No 1.  During the years, space industries have come along with aviation ones, making Farnborough a conundrum for the aerospace sector. Today, the venue, Farnborough Airport, is a business/executive general aviation airport.

Aerospace and defence industries are granted the opportunity to showcase products and solutions, and network together in an innovative and evolving environment.

The 2022 Edition

The 2022 Edition of Farnborough International Airshow took place from 18 to 22 July, after a 4 years break due to Covid-19 pandemic, and registered an impressive participation, with more than 80 thousand visitors and 1500 exhibitors from 48 countries around the world.

The venue hosted a varety of sections and activities, with the “Flying display” being most spectacular. Indeed, the most technologically advanced commercial and military aircrafts lifted off from Farnborough everyday, providing visitors and exhibitors with a close-up view of their capabilities.

The indoor spaces hosted companies form the aerospace and defence sectors displaying their products and solutions and building new connections.

An entire pavilion, the Space Zone, was dedicated to the outer space sector with space-driven companies, space agencies from various countries, and international organizations. Furthermore, the dedicated Space Theatre was the stage for speakers and key figures from the space industry outlining pioneering initiatives and innovative contents.

On the last day, Farnborough International Airshow opened its doors to students, researchers, young professionals, and families interested in the aerospace domain, that could walk along the premises’ avenues and have inspiring talks with the exhibiting companies in the “Pioneers of Tomorrow” event.

QTI at Farnborough International Airshow 2022

QTI participated in Farnborough International Airshow thanks to the opportunity offered by the Italian Trade Agency (ICE/ITA). The Agency granted to Italian start-ups and SMEs the possibility to have their booth at the Italian Pavilion in Hall 1 of Farnborough Airport. 

Thanks to the extraordinary measures aimed at recovering the Italian productive base after Covid-19 pandemic, ICE provided every company a customized desk for meeting potential customers from the aerospace sector.

QTI team was also joined by a representative from Telsy S.p.A., the cybersecurity and competence center of the TIM Group, that is holding part of QTI shares since 2021 (more information here). QTI and Telsy presented to customers and partners from the aerospace sector their integrated cryptograpic solution for telecommunications security.

At the Airshow, QTI was also honoured to receive the visit of the Ambassador of Italy to London, Raffaele Trombetta, that had a chat with the company’s team members at the booth.

Business Exchange Initiative at Farnborough International Airshow

Participating companies have also been granted the opportunity to network with customers and suppliers through the Business Exchange Platform (Meet the Buyer Programme).

This initiative allowed companies to schedule meeting with potential partners, suppliers, and customers before the starting of the Farnborough International Airshow. Face-to-face meetings were held in a dedicated area of the venue.

According to the scheduled agenda, QTI representatives met potential customers in B2B meetings focusing on joint opportunities and sellings. This has been an effective method to get leads and reinforce existing connections.