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. Read more Read less

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

The Centre 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 virtual air traffic control tower and next-generation radar technologies on the University’s licensed airport create a unique research and development environment.

Funding for DARTeC will be provided from a consortium of leading aerospace and aviation companies including Thales, Raytheon, SAAB, Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited and Aveillant – as well as the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Cranfield University.

Graham braitwaite
Graham Braithwaite

I think DARTeC is hugely exciting for Cranfield. Aerospace is absolutely at the heart of what we do as an institution and DARTeC brings together the many different disciplines across the university. This is a really strong example of where all the university’s strengths converge to solve one of society’s challenges.

Professor Graham Braithwaite, Director of Transport Systems