• Boeing Joins Cranfield University’s Digital Aviation Research Project

    • Support builds upon more than 25 years of partnership
    • £65 million centre, including “hangar of the future,” to open this summer

    CRANFIELD,  March 16, 2020 - Boeing has joined the £65 million Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC), due to become operational this summer at Cranfield University.

    DARTeC is spearheading the UK’s research into digital aviation technology and will include an experimental airport terminal and a “hangar of the future,” fully instrumented for advanced digital maintenance repair and operations.

    The support builds upon more than 25 years of partnership between Boeing and Cranfield on a range of research and technology projects, including the development of new aircraft concepts and studies into passenger behaviour, cabin refurbishment and management processes.

    Sir Martin Donnelly, president of Boeing Europe, and managing director of Boeing UK and Ireland, said: “Boeing’s support of DARTeC is the exciting next chapter in our quarter century partnership with Cranfield.”

    In 2008, Cranfield became host to Boeing’s Centre of Excellence in Integrated Vehicle Health Management – now called the IVHM Centre – which joined DARTeC as a founding member in 2017. Boeing students have also completed PhD, MSc and MBA courses at Cranfield, and the university provides learning options for Boeing’s global employees. Besides Cranfield, Boeing also has strategic partnerships with Bristol, Cambridge, Sheffield, Southampton and Strathclyde universities.

    “It is a huge honour to have Boeing joining us at this exciting time for the project, with the construction of the DARTeC building now well underway at Cranfield’s global research airport,” said Professor Graham Braithwaite, project lead and director of transport systems at Cranfield. “We look forward to building on our longstanding relationship and working together with other partners to advance the application of digital technologies in the air transport sector.”

    DARTeC aims to address the research challenges facing the aviation industry, including the integration of drones into civilian airspace, increasing the efficiency of airports through technological advances, creating safe, secure shared airspace through secure data communication infrastructures, and increasing the reliability and availability of aircraft utilising self-sensing/aware and self-healing/repair technologies.

    The DARTeC consortium includes a number of industry partners, as well as co-investment support from Research England.

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