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

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

DARTeC aims to 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, Etihad Airways, Inmarsat, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Saab, the Satellite Applications Catapult, Spirent Communications and Thales, and has also received co-investment support from Research England.

Above: UASAS Project video (courtesy of Connected Places Catapult).

Above: UK Future Flight Challenge Phase 2 video (courtesy of Vertical Aerospace).

DARTeC research streams