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New aircraft concepts research

New aircraft concepts research

Objective

Over the past fifty years, the main driver for aircraft design was to improve aircraft operational efficiency, which led to converge to an almost universal configuration, which now dominates the commercial airplane market. Given that air traffic is forecasted to more than double in the next twenty years and that both environmental and economical pressure will strongly increase, significant progress will need to be achieved in both improving the efficiency and minimising the environmental impact of aircraft. This may not no longer be achievable with today's configuration. Designing suitable Novel Aircraft Concepts will require developing capabilities in the complete range of aeronautical disciplines and technologies. The New Aircraft Concepts Research (NACRE) Integrated Project will investigate, from 2005 to 2009, into the development of the concepts and technologies required for Novel Aircraft Concepts at aircraft component level: Wing, Fuselage, Engine Integration on a range of Novel Aircraft Concepts: the Pro-active Green aircraft, the Payload-Driven Aircraft and the Simple Flying Bus. NACRE will take full benefit of the preliminary activities initiated in Europe on Novel Aircraft Concepts in the frame of the FP5 projects ROSAS, VELA & NEFA. The NACRE consortium is composed of 35 partners from 13 countries (including Russia), providing an impressive spread of expertise throughout the EU. Stepping into the second century of controlled flight, the NACRE project team is animated by the same innovative enthusiasm and solid rationale pioneered by the Wright brothers. The permanent assessment of alternative concepts, to be performed within NACRE, will guarantee both that the best capabilities are available and that the spirit for engineering innovation is preserved and developed for further exploitation.

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Coordinator

AIRBUS SAS

Address

1 Rond-Point Maurice Bellonte
Blagnac

France

Administrative Contact

João FROTA (Mr)

Participants (35)

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AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH

Germany

AIRBUS OPERATIONS S.L.

Spain

AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS

France

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LTD

United Kingdom

ALENIA AERONAUTICA S.P.A.

Italy

AIRCRAFT RESEARCH ASSOCIATION LIMITED

United Kingdom

CENTRO ITALIANO RICERCHE AEROSPAZIALI SCPA

Italy

DASSAULT AVIATION

France

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FR LUFT- UND RAUMFAHRT E.V.

Germany

EADS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH, CORPORATE RESEARCH CENTER

Germany

SWEDISH DEFENCE RESEARCH AGENCY

Sweden

AIRCELLE SA

France

IBK INGENIEURBUERO DR. KRETZSCHMAR

Germany

INTEGRATED AEROSPACE SCIENCES CORPORATION (INASCO)

Greece

MESSIER-DOWTY LIMITED

United Kingdom

MTU AERO ENGINES GMBH

Germany

STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT - EN RUIMTEVAARTLABORATORIUM (NATIONAL AEROSPACE LABORATORY)

Netherlands

PEDECE (PROJECTO, EMPREENDIMENTOS, DESENVOLVIMENTO E EQUIPAMENTOS CIENTIFICOS DE ENGENHARIA)

Portugal

PIAGGIO AERO INDUSTRIES SPA

Italy

ROLLS-ROYCE DEUTSCHLAND LTD & CO. KG

Germany

ROLLS-ROYCE PLC

United Kingdom

SNECMA SA

France

FEDERAL STATE UNITARY ENTERPRISE AEROHYDRODYNAMIC INSTITUTE

Russia

VYZKUMNY A ZKUSEBNI LETECKY USTAV, A.S.

Czechia

THE PROVOST FELLOWS AND SCHOLARS OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY AND UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN (HEREINAFTER CALLED TCD)

Ireland

UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH

United Kingdom

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

POLITECHNIKA WARSZAWSKA (WARSAW UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY)

Poland

ARTTIC

France

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

United Kingdom

GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LIMITED TRADING AS DOWTY PROPELLERS

United Kingdom

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE TÉCNICA AEROESPACIAL

Spain

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HÖGSKOLAN

Sweden

OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AÉROSPATIALES

France

UNIVERSITÄT STUTTGART

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 516068

  • Start date

    1 April 2005

  • End date

    31 March 2010

Funded under:

FP6-AEROSPACE

  • Overall budget:

    € 30 333 121

  • EU contribution

    € 16 909 656

Coordinated by:

AIRBUS SAS

France