Collins Aerospace is a leading global provider of aerospace technologies & services. The Collins Aerospace Applied Research & Technology (ART) organization is particularly interested in all aspects of connectivity for commercial aviation, including both commercial air transport and emerging areas such as Urban Air Mobility (UAM)/U-SPACE, and has an active research team developing techniques for capacity improvements in existing aeronautical networks as well as evaluating technologies for future aeronautical communication networks. The application of 5G technologies to air-to-ground (A2G) datalinks and future Communications, Navigation & Surveillance (CNS) concepts for UAM/U-SPACE is a key area of expertise.
This application-driven focus, coupled with the extensive experience of Collins ART in system engineering, modelling, formal methods, communications, and embedded system development, together with its close-knit interaction with the diversity of the European businesses of Collins Aerospace, ideally place Collins ART as a leading contributor to winning proposals. Indeed, the strategic technology leadership in this domain for Collins ART is based in Ireland, and is heavily involved in shaping Collins strategy for CNS within both the emerging 5G Infrastructure Association (6G-IA) and Single European Sky JU (SESAR).
Research capabilities include:
- Performance modelling and optimization of global aeronautical communications networks
- Formal verification and performance analysis of communications protocols
- Physical layer simulation for aeronautical channels
- Experience with N3IWF, including 5G interworking with proprietary RANs
- Evaluation of positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) services based on 5G infrastructure
- MEC prototypes for offloading of computation from aerial vehicles to the 5G network edge
- A 5G hardware testbed compliant with Release 16, including both gNB and core network
Collins Aerospace (https://www.collinsaerospace.com/), a business unit of Raytheon Technologies (RTX), is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Created in 2018 by bringing together UTC Aerospace Systems and Rockwell Collins, Collins Aerospace has more than 68000 employees worldwide, representing $19 billion annual revenue. Collins Aerospace businesses have had a presence in the EU and been investing here for over 100 years. Collins directly provides 8700 high-quality jobs in aerospace and defence with 1800 engineers located in six EU member states, where we design, produce and maintain flight critical systems for aerostructures, mechanical systems, interior systems, avionics, mission systems and power and controls systems, as well as aftermarket services under EASA certification. Collins Aerospace Centers of Excellence in the EU participate in several European and member state technology development and demonstrator programs such as CleanSky, SESAR, Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe, CORAC, LuFo etc.
The Collins Applied Research & Technology organization has a mission to develop advanced technologies – the “what’s next” – for the businesses of Collins Aerospace, and to work with other industry, national laboratories and academic institutions to broaden the scope and impact of new technology developments along the aerospace value chain. With over 50 researchers in Europe based in Ireland & Italy, Collins ART has a long history as an active technology contributor and use case provider across many collaborative European projects.
Collins ART has approximately 60 employees in Ireland who investigate the “what ifs” of power distribution, connectivity, autonomy and human-machine interaction within innovative aircraft systems. As part of this portfolio Collins ART has a strong research agenda in the area of future air-to-ground communications, navigation, and airspace surveillance (CNS) networks. This portfolio covers traditional aeronautical networks, satellite technologies, emerging networks based on commercial technologies such as 5G, as well as on-board network technologies. The associated research agenda is specifically addressing the challenge of increased connectivity needs, network capacity, and coexistence for long term aerospace industry trends, including increasing levels of autonomy, fully autonomous aircraft operations, and urban air mobility.