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.
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
- Connected systems
- Unmanned traffic management
- Seamless journey
- Distributed airport/airspace management
- Conscious aircraft
- Cross-cutting research topics: Artificial intelligence and computer vision, applied psychology, system integration, resilience and safety