Drawing on the expertise of Cranfield’s existing centres of excellence, the Aerospace Integration Research Centre (AIRC) will foster collaboration between industry and academia and provide capabilities comparable with the leading aerospace facilities across Europe and the World. Read more Read less

The AIRC’s uniqueness will be its focus on integration, where new aerospace technologies are rapidly developed and tested for current and future aircraft and airspace concepts.

Our extensive facilities are a key component to the AIRC. The onsite airport will allow researchers to take their projects from theory to flight demonstration in one place, validating their research to technology readiness levels (TRL) 6-7 – higher than the levels normally associated with an academic environment.

Working with other organisations, we aim to look at the aircraft in a broader context than the pure engineering challenges. Our brochure contains more information.

The new AIRC building will form a central hub for aerospace research at Cranfield University, joining together with our wider capabilities. It is being built at Cranfield University with co-investment partners Airbus and Rolls-Royce, following an award from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

Whether you are a large or small business, a potential partner or a consultancy, we would welcome a discussion to see how working with the capabilities of the AIRC could help you.

The Centre opens in 2017.

Sir Peter Gregson

The investment from Airbus and Rolls-Royce in this collaborative Centre will change the design of future aircraft. It will reinforce Cranfield's reputation as a global leader in transformational research, strengthen our strategic relationships with world-renowned businesses and meet the needs of business, government and wider society.

Sir Peter Gregson, Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor