Boeing joins UK research project focused on safe integration of drones

Boeing has joined the GBP65 million Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC), due to become operational this summer at Cranfield University. The centre is spearheading the UK’s research into digital aviation technology including the integration of drones into civilian airspace. Research areas include secure data communication infrastructures and self-sensing technologies.

Boeing and Cranfield have been working together for over 25 years on a range of research and technology projects. 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 joins Aveillant, Blue Bear Systems Research, BOXARR, the Connected Places Catapult, Cranfield University, Inmarsat, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the IVHM Centre, Saab, the Satellite Applications Catapult and Thales in the consortium which has also received co-investment support from Research England.

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