The unmanned ambition

Space53 is a public-private partnership – a single, shared portal for national and international organizations. With an airport in the immediate vicinity, a safety campus and a large number of special indoor and outdoor areas for research and testing with unmanned systems of all sizes, Space53 is unique in Western Europe. In addition, it collaborates closely with research and education institutes such as the University of Twente, Saxion University of Applied Sciences and ROC van Twente.

Space53 facilitates the complete innovation process of unmanned systems by providing access to everything that is needed: 
  • Technological expertise
  • Office space and technical facilities
  • Indoor and outdoor testing areas
  • Educational and training facilities
  • All emergency services
  • Possibility to simulate lifelike situations
  • Necessary permits that are optimally aligned with the existing and future legislation
  • ‘Launching customers’, such as the Province of Overijssel, Veiligheidsregio Twente and the Municipality of Enschede as living labs to try out smart ideas in real life


There is a relentless flow of new developments and advancements related to unmanned systems. This selection of current projects illustrates the broad possibilities drones offer both to the public and the private sector.


p/a Technology Base
Vliegveldstraat 100 - B519
7524 PK Enschede

Space53 is located at Technology Base Twente, on the edge of Twente Airport. This business park, focused on the high-tech systems & materials (HTSM) sector, is still in the early phase of development so the site is a little less easy to find.

For satnav systems, the address is: ‘Oude Vliegveldstraat’ in Deurningen. Once on site, follow the signs for Space53.

For security reasons, access to Technology Base Twente is restricted. On arrival, sign in at the gatehouse as a visitor to Space53.

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