The Aerospace Integration Research Centre (AIRC) fosters collaboration between industry and academia and provides capabilities comparable with the leading aerospace facilities across Europe and the World. Read more Read less

One of the AIRC’s unique features is its focus on integration, where new aerospace technologies are rapidly developed and tested for current and future aircraft and airspace concepts.

This 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. We have laboratories dedicated to aerial autonomous vehicles and engineering photonics. Our 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. We also have covered laboratories dedicated to aerial autonomous vehicles and engineering photonics applications.

Research at the AIRC also draws on the full capabilities of Cranfield University, including our on-site airport, National Flying Laboratory Centre, large scale gas turbine test area and Cranfield’s world-renown School of Management. This allows 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.

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