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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Sunday, 10 October, 2010
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Югозападен (Yugozapaden)
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Other
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionEmail
Vesselin
Vassilev
Cluster Manager
vesselin.vassilev@castra.org
Veselin
Petkov
Internationalisation Responsible
veselin.petkov@castra.org
Angelina
Todorova
Internationalisation Responsible
angelina.todorova@castra.org
Christina
Kovacheva
Internationalisation Responsible
christina.kovacheva@castra.org
Languages spoken: 
Bulgarian
English
German
Italian
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Aerospace Vehicles and Defence
Information Technology and Analytical Instruments
Technology fields: 
Electronic engineering
Aeronautical technology / Avionics
S3 EU priority areas: 
Space
Information service activities
Emerging industries: 
Blue Growth Industries
Digital Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Education and training, applied R&D&I in Satcom and Electronivs
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
21
Number of SME members: 
14
Number of larger company members: 
1
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
4
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
7
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Cluster  AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGIES, RESEARCH AND APPLICATIONS (CASTRA) is an industry-driven consortia of business entities, academic institutions and other bodies with expertise and  capacity to develop technologies, products and services in the aerospace domain and its applications serving society.  CASTRA has the legal status of a non-for profit organization according Bulgarian law. CASTRA’s vision is to promote the research, innovations and technology developments in the aerospace sector to the benefits of society and citizens. CASTRA’s mission is to stimulate the public interest to the field of  aerospace technologies and research, and to the activities of the  organizations - members of the cluster; to increase the public awareness about the benefits to all on Earth from developing novel upstream space technologies and their downstream applications.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
No
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to the European Internal market
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Access to private funding (connecting to investors, seed-capital, venture-capital, crowd-funding, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Trend-scouting (Ideas for innovative projects)
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Brazil
Taiwan
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Belgium
Italy
Russian Federation
Spain
United Kingdom
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)
H2020
CIP/COSME
INTERREG
EIT KICs
Other

Small Satellite Based ICT system for polar regions users Small Satellite based ICT system for space surveilance of space debris

H2020

Bulgarian Operational Programs (ESIF) - national

ESA programs