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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

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

Southampton Academic Openings

Lecturer/Associate Professor in CFD for Aerospace Engineering:   Professor of Astronautics and Spacecraft Engineering:   For informal enquiries, please contact Head of Department, Prof. Bharathram Ganapathisubramani,

Airspace of the Future Showcase

Register DATE: 15 June, 2022 LOCATION: DARTeC at Cranfield University (invite only) and online START TIME: 10:00 am END TIME: 2:30 pm Join us on 15th June for the Airspace of the Future Showcase event. The Airspace of the Future consortium led by Thales are hosting their final showcase event at the DARTeC facility at […]

Cranfield announce boost for sustainable aviation research.

Funding supports further steps towards decarbonising aviation New hydrogen and electric fuelling equipment will reduce emissions and advance research Expanded sensor network to create airport ‘digital twin’   Cranfield University has been awarded £3.1 million to advance its sustainable aviation research, both into developing low-carbon aircraft, and decarbonising airport logistics. The funding from Research England […]

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Authentication System (UASAS) project

Cranfield University has been an enabling partner in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Authentication System (UASAS) project, which is one of over 40 projects in the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Future Flight Challenge programme (FFC). UASAS is led by ANGOKA, along with partners Cranfield University and Connected Places Catapult. This project aims to strengthen the […]

Cranfield pushing forward on electrification

A project managed by Cranfield University to advance electric aviation has achieved a significant milestone, with what is thought to be the first ever flight by a British designed and built, all-electric conventional aeroplane. The eKub is a British designed and built all-electric microlight aeroplane and has been developed by a consortium of Cranfield University, […]

FlyZero Project

  The UK-ARC community welcomes the excellent achievements of the ATI FlyZero project. Mobilising a large industry and academic team to rapidly examine many aspects of zero-carbon aviation and how to achieve that within a decade was a huge undertaking. UK-ARC universities undertook or contributed to sixteen reports that form part of the body of research […]


The ATI received confirmation on 29th March that they have been allocated Government funding totalling £685m over the next three years which allows resumption of their programme. This is excellent news for the academic community as well as for industry. UK-ARC universities are frequent collaborators in industry projects proposed to the ATI so this announcement […]

Why the future of aviation starts with connectivity

A new report published by Cranfield University and Inmarsat highlights the critical role that digital connectivity will play in accelerating aviation’s long-term recovery. The report highlights a number of transformative changes ahead for the aviation industry and examines how airlines can take advantage of the enormous opportunities created as a result. To read further access […]


Numerical and experimental studies at the University of Bristol, in collaboration with Airbus, have considered the effect of floating folding wingtips on aircraft rolling behaviour.

Meeting the challenges of the aerospace sector

The development of more electric aircraft (MEA) components and systems is a major area of research to help achieve carbon, nitrogen oxide and noise reduction targets.

Advanced composite aerostructures for de-icing

Queen’s University Belfast is currently working on MACANTA, an EPSRC project that has resulted in fully-tailorable energy-efficient heating, which can be used as a de-icing device.

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

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