LONDON, England – United Technologies Research Centre Ireland Limited (UTRC Ireland), the European research hub of United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), announced today its lead in the MISSION project under the European Union's Clean Sky 2 program. The announcement was made at the Aerodays2015 conference, an event that is highlighting the success of European aerospace research and development funding.
UTRC serves as the research and innovation arm of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
MISSION, an 11.2 million euro program, funds the development of new, integrated modeling, simulation and optimization tools to incorporate Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) in all stages of aircraft design and development.The project's results will lead to a common modeling and simulation framework for applications in various technology developments within the Clean Sky 2 Systems Integrated Technology Demonstrator (ITD), and will support the integration and demonstration of such technologies through virtual tests. The Systems ITD, led by Liebherr and Thales, is developing and building highly integrated, high TRL demonstrators across major aircraft systems.
Collaborating with UTRC Ireland in the program are: UTRC's Advanced Laboratory for Embedded Systems Srl (ALES) in Rome, Italy; UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS); and German companies dSPACE and ITI.
"Key to the success of the MISSION program will be the capabilities of the participants," said Dave Hess, senior vice president, Aerospace Business Development, UTC. "UTC companies in Europe include over 60,000 talented employees supporting our global aerospace and commercial business, with UTRC Ireland leading the way in delivering new technologies. We're proud to be leading the MISSION project with strong partners."
Clean Sky 2, the contracting body awarding funding for the MISSION project, seeks to deliver cutting-edge technology for integration into the next generations of aircraft from 2025 onward. The initiative stems from the Horizon 2020 program: an 80 billion euro European Union (EU) Research and Innovation program driving economic growth and research breakthroughs in Europe.
"This is an exciting time for UTRC Ireland," said David Parekh, vice president, Research, and director, UTRC. "In September, we celebrated the five-year anniversary of UTRC Ireland, and its expansion to include a Centre of Excellence in Cyber-Physical Systems for Aerospace. There is a lot of enthusiasm around this opportunity to engage in the European aerospace community and work on projects that will shape the world's future aircraft."
About United Technologies Research Centre Ireland
Located in Cork, Ireland, United Technologies Research Centre Ireland Limited (UTRC Ireland) was founded in 2010 as the European research hub of UTRC. Currently, the research facility employs more than 50 researchers and scientists focused on advancing United Technologies Corp. capabilities in building and industrial systems through research and development of underlying technical fields. The new addition of a Centre of Excellence in Cyber-Physical Systems for Aerospace will equip UTRC Ireland to lead cutting-edge advancements in aircraft systems.
About United Technologies Research Center
Founded in 1929, United Technologies Research Center has contributed to the creation of some of the world's most significant scientific advances in aerospace and building systems. Among them are such innovations as vectored thrust control, high-power industrial lasers and computational modeling of airfoils. UTRC, which has won multiple R&D 100 awards for innovation excellence, is often recognized by industry leaders for its game-changing technologies.
UTRC is headquartered in East Hartford, Connecticut, with additional operations at its affiliate in Berkeley, California, and its subsidiaries in Shanghai, China; Rome, Italy; and Cork, Ireland.
About United Technologies Corp.
United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the global building and aerospace industries. To learn more about UTC, visit the company's website at www.utc.com or follow the company on Twitter: @UTC.
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