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The UK Aerospace Research Consortium (UK-ARC) has been created to help organisations identify and engage with the UK’s best aerospace research capability within its leading universities. We connect with the Aerospace Technology Institute, industry and internationally.

By contacting UK-ARC with details of your research needs, whether it’s just to access test and development facilities or acquire specific technical expertise we can quickly put you in touch with the right world leading teams with whom you can discuss your needs.

Accessing research technology excellence

The UK has a growing network of world class UK universities all leading in different areas of aerospace technology research and development and working closely with industry lifting research technology readiness levels (TRLs) towards exploitation.

UK-ARC universities host world-class facilities and capabilities across the TRL range and educate the next generation of aerospace engineers and aviation experts. Collectively, these universities are a formative influence upon the development of aerospace in the UK, supporting its £34Bn earnings value to the economy and its direct and indirect employment of almost 300 people.

UK-ARC works to align research agendas with industry and to support the development of collaborative research projects. It also facilitates international research exchanges and collaborations.

Latest news

Imperial College London’s Department of Aeronautics has opened its new Hiru N Patel Supersonic Wind Tunnel

Imperial College London’s Department of Aeronautics has opened its new Hiru N Patel Supersonic Wind Tunnel for high-speed airflow, that will allow students and researchers to carry out fundamental and applied studies of airflow at speeds in the transonic (close to the speed of sound) and supersonic (greater than the speed of sound) ranges. The […]


A delegation of 30 experts from Swedish academia and industry, attended a research collaboration workshop at Cranfield at the beginning of March. Swedish experts from the Swedish Aerospace Research Centre (SARC) and about 30 members from across the UK-ARC consortium and funders joined with industry representatives to present an overview of their aerospace  work. Everyone […]

Newsletter August 2022 – Issue 12

The latest UK-ARC newsletter   UK-ARC Newsletter August 2022Final

£10m funding from Innovate UK for medical drone project – University of Strathclyde

A consortium involving Strathclyde researchers that will deliver what will be the UK’s first medical distribution network using drones has secured £10.1 million in funding from the Future Flight Challenge at UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). It is the second successful round of funding for the CAELUS (Care & Equity – Healthcare Logistics UAS Scotland) […]

UK-ARC Newsletter July 22 Farnborough

  Read our Farnborough edition of the UK-ARC Newsletter HERE      

Come visit the UK-ARC stand at FIA22

Farnborough International Airshow  Hall 4 – Stand 41130 Learn more about the leading capabilities of the 11 consortium members alongside other UK-ARC strengths

UK-Aerospace Research Consortium – maximising the potential of UK academic research

The UK-Aerospace Research Consortium brings together leading aerospace universities to advance collaborative research in support of UK aerospace. It provides a route to access research excellence and to align research agendas across technology readiness levels (TRLs). This talk will highlight the strategy and ambitions of the consortium, its work with the industry and progress in […]

PhD opportunity – Cranfield

Modelling and Analysis of Opposed Piston Composite Cycle Aero Engine Concepts PhD For more information, see link

Farnborough International Airshow 2022 – 18th to 22nd July

  UK-ARC will have a stand at Farnborough Air Show Come and visit us in Hall 4, the Research & Development Zone, stand number 41130 adjacent to the ATI stand For more information on the final preparations see the link below Link

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UK-ARC is able to help you engage with the UK’s leading aerospace research universities

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