I was pleased to visit the Aerospace Integration Research Centre (AIRC) in Cranfield, England. The investment from Airbus and Rolls-Royce in this collaborative centre will change the design of future aircraft. The AIRC fosters collaboration between industry and academia.
The AIRC is supported by centre-based facilities including our visualisation screens, flight simulators, air traffic management simulator which enable the development time from idea to implementation to be shortened. It is equipped with laboratories dedicated to aerial autonomous vehicles and engineering photonics. The 1500m2 Open Space laboratory enables research on full-scale aircraft and components, and currently includes a production standard A320 for research and validation of automated assembly techniques being developed in the Centre. It also has covered laboratories dedicated to aerial autonomous vehicles and engineering photonics applications. A place anyone interested in aeronautics should not miss.
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