The Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC) is being built at Cranfield University and will spearhead the UK’s research into digital aviation technology.

The Centre is part of three major Cranfield University themes: Transport Systems, Aerospace and Manufacturing.

DARTeC will address research challenges facing the aviation industry such as:

  • the integration of drones into civilian airspace;
  • increasing the efficiency of airports through technological advances;
  • creating safe, secure shared airspace through secure data communication infrastructures;
  • increasing the reliability and availability of aircraft through self-sensing, self-aware technologies.

Game-changing technologies such as a digital air traffic control tower and next-generation radar technologies on the University’s licensed airport create a unique research and development environment.

The DARTeC consortium includes Aveillant, Blue Bear Systems Research, Boeing, BOXARR, the Connected Places Catapult, Cranfield University, Inmarsat, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the IVHM Centre, Saab, the Satellite Applications Catapult and Thales, and has also received co-investment support from Research England.

DARTeC research streams

DARTeC research challenges