The Centre aims to develop future-oriented and transformational aerospace capabilities.
About the Centre
This Centre is set up as part of the Temasek Aviation Academy to conduct research, innovation and enterprise activities to spearhead new capabilities for the aerospace industry. Working with industrial partners, it focuses on unmanned aerial systems (UAS), Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) technologies and airport/airline business processes.
The Centre focuses on developing cutting edge technologies through research and development (R&D), in the following areas:
Unmanned Aerial Systems
- CAAS UAV operator permit holder (UOP/0217) with 3 qualified pilots to conduct research and training in ARC
- First of its kind outdoor UAV cage (30 x 30 x 8m) to allow the safe flying of drones within restricted airspace
- UAV design and testing with fully equipped labs for manufacturing, instrumentation, composite materials, simulators, wind tunnel and indoor test cage
- Partnership with Airbus Group and subsidiaries in the use of cutting edge technologies for aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO)
- CAAS SAR-147 certified hangar and aircraft for research and training activities
- Partnership with TP-Lufthansa Technical Training (TP-LTT) for Licensed Aircraft Engineer expertise
Airport/Airline Business Process
An MOU with REAPRA Aviation Partners provides for the following:
- Exploration of the commercial and business aspect of the airport and airline ecosystem
- Engagement in industry-focused applied research and development projects
- Nurturing of budding aviation talent in Singapore
Long Endurance Fuel Cell Drone
This is a research project done in collaboration with Duralite Power to develop a fuel cell powered drone for long endurance operations, that is able to fly 2 hours with a payload of 3 kg. Click here for the video of its first test flight in Feb 2018.
An improved version has since been developed, using lightweight carbon-fibre and a powerful waterproof propulsion system, with the ability to integrate with various flight controllers and smart sensors. The Centre has obtained an Operator Permit from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).
Hangar of the Future
Under an MOA with Airbus Group, projects aim to increase MRO productivity for the aviation industry by adapting and developing cutting edge technologies such as:
- 3D aircraft scanning for defect detection
- Digitalization of documentation flow
- RFID to track processes and operations
- Wearable digital assistance and tools
- Automatic diagnostics robots and drones
- Augmented reality for part localization
- 3D printing of spare parts and specific tooling
- Data analytics integrated to a management system
Automated Baggage Trolley
This project involved the development of an automated baggage handling system to ease the workload of airport cargo workers and speed up operations, as part of the Aviation Challenge – a competition launched by CAAS to spur the conception and development of innovative solutions to automate labour-intensive processes in airport operations.
A team of lecturers from the School of Engineering, working with industry partner Petris Global Ltd, emerged runner-up in the competition after working on the project which spanned 2 years and was completed in 2017. Temasek Polytechnic was the only institution of higher learning (IHL) to have been shortlisted among the top 5 teams out of 14 entries.
Fuel Cell for Drones
A patented fuel cell developed by the School of Engineering, the world’s highest in density, has opened the doors to longer drone flying times over longer distances and with bigger payloads, thereby breaking new grounds in fuel-cell powered drones. The story was reported in The Straits Times on 1 Oct 2018.
The Hangar of the Future
The Centre’s “Hanger of the Future” project was reported in an Economic & Development Board (EDB) publication in October 2018, in which it was mentioned that the project brings together experts from Airbus together with Temasek Polytechnic to study new technologies that can improve the efficiency and productivity of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations. (https://www.edb.gov.sg/en/our-industries/company-highlights/airbus.html)
Yue Keng Mun
Tel: 6780 5239 (O), 93373757 (M)
Qualifications: B.Eng (Hons), M.Sc (Mechanical),
Area of Specialisation: Mechanical Design, UAV piloting
Tel: 6780 5587 (O)
Qualifications: B.Eng (Electronics), M.Sc (Maritime Education & Training)
Area of Specialisation: Electronics
Jai Gay Choon Chye
Tel: 6780 5794 (O)
Qualifications: B.ASc (Merit)
Area of Specialisation: Computer Engineering
Lee Keng Hong
Tel: 6780 5558
Qualifications: B.Tech (Hons)
Area of Specialisation: Electronic Engineering