New aerospace HQ at Cranfield will lead search for quieter aircraft

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A major new aerospace technology hub will be based at Cranfield Technology Park, it has been announced.

The Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) underpins government and industry plans to retain the UK’s position at the forefront of world aerospace manufacturing.

ATI will allow industry and academic researchers to develop technology for the next generation of quieter, more energy efficient aircraft.

Improvements enabled by the ATI are expected to lead to a reduction in CO2 emissions of more than 100 million tonnes each year from next generation aircraft – equivalent to taking 20 million cars off the road around the world.

The HQ at Martell House will be operational from December, and house a core team of around 30.

Business minister Michael Fallon made the announcement today (Friday, August 16).

The ATI will be part of the Aerospace Growth Partnership, and will set the strategy for the ATI-funded research and technology programmes being carried out across the country by industrial and academic partners.

These programmes will be funded from £2 billion of joint government and industry investment committed to support the ATI, announced in the aerospace industrial strategy in March.

Mr Fallon said: “It is well situated to serve the needs of the whole UK aerospace sector.

“The projects funded under the programme will be carried out at a range of locations across the country so that the benefit our joint £2 billion investment with industry is spread across the breadth of the UK.”