UK Opens $94m Aerospace Research Centre

A new research facility funded by the UK government and industry has opened in Coventry and is set to develop new technologies aimed at reducing drag on aircraft wings and investigate applications of additive manufacturing

A new research facility funded by the UK government and industry has opened in Coventry and is set to develop new technologies aimed at reducing drag on aircraft wings and investigate applications of additive manufacturing.

The centre was opened by UK business minister Anna Soubry who also announced that four new aerospace research projects would benefit from a share of £2.1bn ($3.3bn) of government and industry funds.

A grant of £7.2m ($11.3m) has been awarded to Airbus to research ways to remove imperfections on wing surfaces; and £6.4m ($10.1m) to Spirit AeroSystems, the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Aeromet to research advanced automated assembly technologies.

Soubry also announced that a new £10m ($15.8m) fund had been set up to support small businesses developing “game-changing” aerospace technologies and will be open for bids next week.

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