Construction has begun on Cranfield University's £35million Aerospace Integration Research Centre (AIRC), a collaboration with partners Airbus and Rolls-Royce which aims to influence and change the design of future aircraft.
Professor Iain Gray CBE, Cranfield's Director of Aerospace, said: "The AIRC will foster close collaboration between leading researchers, the Centre partners and the wider aerospace supply chain. It will directly contribute to the competitiveness and prosperity of the aerospace industry and the wider UK and European economy.
"Work at the Centre will focus on the development of new integrated propulsion, airframe and subsystems technologies with resulting benefits in the performance, emission control and efficiency targets of future aircraft."
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