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June 18, 2013 10:42 ET

Five New NRC Programs to Support Canadian Aerospace Industry With Innovative Technologies

PARIS, FRANCE--(Marketwired - June 18, 2013) - As aircraft manufacturers from around the world strive to develop innovative technologies to overcome important challenges, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has announced five new programs to support the Canadian aerospace industry.

"Canada has a long history of conducting research, performing technical services, and developing technology solutions to support the Canadian aerospace industry," said Jerzy Komorowski, General Manager of the Aerospace portfolio at the National Research Council of Canada. "These new programs target challenges faced by the global aerospace sector."

Two of the programs focus on improving travellers' safety and comfort. One aims to create a more comfortable and safe journey for air travel passengers and crew members by using new technologies to improve the flight experience. The other will help airlines detect, classify, and prevent icing threats with the development of processes and facilities for the demonstration and certification of innovative technologies.

Three more programs focus on the market delivery and effective regulations of innovative technologies. The third program aims to reduce the costs and environmental impact of operating air defence fleets by developing, testing and implementing new technology in Canada. The fourth will reduce the cost and risks associated with the development and testing of innovative aeronautical products and speed-up the delivery to market. The last program will address the technological, regulatory and demonstration challenges associated with adopting unmanned aircraft systems for civilian use.

The National Research Council will utilize its expertise, advanced equipment, and state-of-the-art facilities to support industry in developing these technological solutions and solving these aerospace challenges, as well as delivering them to civilian and military markets.


Working and Travelling on Aircraft

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) will make innovative improvements to create a more comfortable and safe journey for aircraft passengers and crew members. New technologies will be employed to optimize aircraft movements for a shorter, more economical trip. NRC will invest in the construction of a Canadian cabin demonstrator platform that will be used to recreate a realistic cabin environment, enabling cost-effective technology development to improve the overall flight experience.

Reducing Aviation Icing Risk

The National Research Council will address critical icing challenges for aircraft and engine manufacturers, suppliers and regulators by providing technologies, processes and facilities that will allow them to reduce the cost of icing product development and qualification. NRC will also work with Canadian firms to support the demonstration and certification of new technologies to detect, classify and help prevent icing threats.

Air Defence Systems

The National Research Council is engaged in research and technology development to meet Canada's air defence needs, with a goal to reduce the costs and environmental impact of owning and operating air defence fleets. NRC will use its technology validation, certification facilities and expertise in order to support its industry partners in bringing new military technologies to market, implement proven technologies in Canada's military fleets, and eventually transfer these innovations for use in civilian air travel.

Aeronautical Product Development Technologies

The National Research Council will work collaboratively with Canadian industry and regulators to simplify the certification and market delivery of innovative aeronautical products. NRC will establish technologies for industry to reduce certification time and discover performance risks early in the development cycle, as well as work with regulators to decrease the effort required to ensure safety standards are attained by all aeronautical products.

Civil Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The National Research Council's resources will be dedicated to improve the adoption of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for civilian use, in Canada and around the world. This will be accomplished by addressing key challenges with related UAS technology and regulation, as well as facilitating collaboration between developers, providers and key end-users for successful demonstration projects.

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