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Cranfield’s new £65 million Digital Aviation and Research Technology Centre (DARTeC) is now open for business!

The £65 million world-leading facility is located next to Cranfield’s airport and consists of a central building containing a suite of digital aviation research laboratories and a partially covered ‘hangar laboratory’ connected to Cranfield’s 737-400 aircraft through an airport-style air bridge.

Researchers at DARTeC are already working with industry partners to advance the application of digital technologies in the air transport sector and the building includes collaborative open plan office space where staff, students and partners can engage and share ideas.

Professor Graham Braithwaite, Project Lead and Director of Transport Systems at Cranfield, said: “Formally taking ownership of the DARTeC building from R G Carter marks a milestone in our project to create this cutting-edge digital aviation research centre. The futuristic-looking building is a stunning addition to the Cranfield skyline and will be a key part of our global research airport as we continue our work in developing the aircraft, airports, airlines and airspace management systems of the future.

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