The mission of the Aviation Research Centre (ARC) is to develop transformational capabilities for the aviation and aerospace industries. Its scope includes unmanned aircraft, aerospace maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO) and airport systems. For developmental work and training, ARC is well equipped with UAV cages, wind tunnels, composite materials workshops, ground operational aircraft and a hangar. Its current focus area in industrial unmanned aircraft development consists of platform design, payload integration and peripheral development. It also trains students in areas such as drone piloting, coding and 3D aerial mapping.

Outdoor UAV net

First of its kind to be approved by CAAS, this 30x30x8 m facility allows for the testing of large drones and the conducting of drone pilots’ certified competency training at any time within the no fly zone.

Industrial drones

Capabilities include the development of long endurance and high payload multirotor drones for industrial applications, which can be powered by fuel cell, tether systems or lithium batteries.

Hanger of the Future

This is a collaboration with Airbus to testbed emerging technologies such as 3D scanning, additive manufacturing, augmented reality and data analytics to increase maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) productivity.

Our Student Projects

This innovative piece of equipment is able to measure the thrust, weight and centre of gravity of a drone via a single platform. It is used in drone development and has since been licensed to the industry.

This is an indoor autonomous drone flying project. Using Python codes, cameras and LIDAR sensors, drones are programmed to navigate accurately around obstacles and measure objects automatically.

This project uses drones to conduct autonomous aerial mapping flights. The captured images are converted to a 3D map. This skill was applied during an overseas study trip in Indonesia in which TP worked with an NGO to develop aerial mapping procedures for disaster preparation and response.


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