UPM’s involvement in the AIRSHIP project is threefold, focusing on steering project management to align with AIRSHIP’s visionary goals, leading the development of control avionics for the Unmanned WIG Vehicle (UWV), and CEI is focused on developing a fully electrical propulsed aircraft base on a zero-emission power system.

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) is the largest Spanish technological university and a renowned European institution. With two recognitions as Campus of International Excellence, it is outstanding in its research activity and training of highly qualified professionals. More than 2,400 researchers carry out their activity at the UPM, grouped in 216 Research Groups, 16 Research Centers, and 55 Laboratories, all committed to transforming the knowledge generated into advances applied to their corresponding production sector.

Two research centers from UPM are involved in this project: Center for Automation and Robotics (CAR) and Centro de Electronica Industrial (CEI).
CAR is a joint research center of UPM (Division of Automation Engineering) and the Institute of Industrial Automation of the CSIC (National Centre for Scientific Research of Spain), bringing together over 100 researchers in the fields of control, automation, and robotics. The research activity of CAR is strategically linked to training UPM postgraduate students. It includes a master’s degree and a doctorate in Automation and Robotics.

CEI is a UPM research Center whose main mission is to create knowledge, develop applications, transfer technology, and educate engineers and researchers, in close cooperation with industrial partners in the field of industrial electronics. The main research areas are electrical energy conversion through electronics, embedded digital systems and power quality service. It has over 40 full time researchers and 40 Master and undergraduate students.