Leonardo to exhibit in Italy Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

Leonardo is set to participate in Expo 2020 Dubai, to be held in the UAE from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.

Expo 2020 Dubai was originally scheduled to be held from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021, but, was rescheduled to the new dates due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Expo 2020 Dubai will be the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, and the first to be hosted by an Arab country.

As of November 2020 a total of 192 countries, including Italy, were committed to participating in Expo 2020 Dubai.

Italian presence

Leonardo is the Platinum Sponsor of the Italian Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

PHM (Passive Hydrogen Maser) atomic clock, the master clock of the Galileo Navigation Satellite System will be seen at Expo 2020 Dubai. Credit: Leonardo
PHM (Passive Hydrogen Maser) atomic clock, the master clock of the Galileo Navigation Satellite System will be seen at Expo 2020 Dubai. Credit: Leonardo

 

The implementation of innovation and sustainability in the aerospace industry will be at the core of Leonardo’s sponsorship of the Italian Pavilion during the six months of the international exhibition.

The Italian Pavilion will allow visitors to develop their knowledge and foster collaborative business relationships to boost the nation’s competitiveness in the Middle East region and on the global stage.

Aeronautical showing

At Expo 2020 Dubai Leonardo will showcase technology and product innovations related to new frontiers in the aeronautical sector.

Particular focus will be on the revolutionary AW609 tiltrotor, designed and manufactured by Leonardo to offer an effective synthesis between the operational versatility of a helicopter and the advantages of a plane.

The AW609 represents an aircraft with the speed, range and altitude of a fixed-wing turboprop airplane and the vertical take-off and landing versatility of a helicopter.

Watch Leonardo’s video for Expo 2020 Dubai here: https://youtu.be/T_7O1zVxHug

This revolutionary combination, to be able to fly above bad weather, along with the comfort of a pressurised cabin, makes the AW609 a unique aerospace asset.

With a 2x Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67A powerplant and capable of flying at 25,000ft and into known icing conditions, the AW609 aircraft is ready for flight day or night, thanks to an advanced synthetic vision system and retractable, steerable landing light to show the way.

The company’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai will also reflect Leonardo’s expertise in space exploration, with several unique technologies on display.

The ExoMars drill, which is scheduled to reach the Red Planet with the ExoMars mission in 2022 will feature at Expo 2020 Dubai. Credit: Leonardo
Artist’s impression of the ExoMars drill, which is scheduled to reach the Red Planet with the ExoMars mission in 2022, will feature at Expo 2020 Dubai. Credit: Leonardo

These will include the PHM (Passive Hydrogen Maser) atomic clock, the master clock of the European Galileo Navigation Satellite System.

The most accurate atomic clock for space navigation, the PHM is used for precise positioning, timekeeping and other onboard applications.

Designed to operate in space for more than 12 years, it offers an outstanding stability and is already in orbit with more than 40 units.

Mars exhibit

The Leonardo presence at Expo 2020 Dubai will also include the ExoMars drill, which is scheduled to reach the Red Planet as part of the ExoMars mission starting in 2022.

The drill will be mounted on a rover, to probe a distance of two metres beneath the Martian surface.

The ExoMars programme is a joint endeavour between the Roscosmos State Corporation and the European Space Agency (ESA).

Apart from the 2022 mission, the programme includes the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) launched in 2016.

The TGO already delivers scientific results obtained by its own Russian and European science instruments and relaying data from NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover and InSight lander.

The TGO module will also relay the data to Earth from the ExoMars 2022 mission once it arrives at Mars.

Headquartered in Rome, Leonardo employs over 31,000 employees in Italy at 70 facilities, 38 of which are manufacturing plants, where the company designs, develops, and makes helicopters, aircraft, avionic systems, land and naval systems, cyber and security solutions, and space systems.