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Drone research heads list of activities for Cranfield University’s new aviation technology centre

Cranfield University has taken delivery of its new GPB65 million Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC), built to spearhead the UK’s research into digital aviation technology. Integrating drones into civilian airspace is top of the list of the university’s list of research areas for DARTeC, along with airport efficiency, secure data communication infrastructures, next generation radar technologies and aircraft reliability.

Professor Graham Braithwaite, Project Lead and Director of Transport Systems at Cranfield, said: “Formally taking ownership of the DARTeC building from R G Carter marks a milestone in our project to create this cutting-edge digital aviation research centre. The futuristic-looking building is a stunning addition to the Cranfield skyline and will be a key part of our global research airport as we continue our work in developing the aircraft, airports, airlines and airspace management systems of the future.

DARTeC consortium partners include Aveillant, Blue Bear Systems Research, Boeing, BOXARR, the Connected Places Catapult, Cranfield University, Etihad Airways, Inmarsat, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the IVHM Centre, Saab, the Satellite Applications Catapult and Thales, with co-investment support from Research England.

For more information visit:

www.cranfield.ac.uk

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