Aerospace Research Centre

The NRC's Aerospace Research Centre is a pillar of Canada's aerospace industry, with a track record of successful collaborations with Canadian and international organizations.

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Research publications

Explore our online library of scientific publications

Research programs

Learn more about our expertise and R&D programs

Our facilities

Discover our unique research facilities and labs


Our fleet

Check out our fleet of research aircraft


Success stories

Read about some of our successes and achievements


Drone Site Selection Tool

Find out where to fly your unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)

Why collaborate with us

We have more than 200 active partnerships with industrial partners, universities, other government departments and international research and technology organizations. Our unique facilities help our clients overcome their product development and certification challenges, and our over 350 aerospace researchers have core expertise in aerodynamics, propulsion, flight research, icing, manufacturing, and structures and materials performance.

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Advanced aerial mobility

Our researchers can help overcome the technical and regulatory challenges of the next generation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)

Sustainable aviation

Our team of experts is helping the aerospace sector develop clean technologies and transition to net-zero aviation

Digital twins and virtual testing

Our experts in digital technologies can reduce the time and costs associated with the development and certification of aeronautical products

Aerospace manufacturing and automation

Our team can support aerospace partners in developing advanced composite and metallic manufacturing processes, including automation and robotization

Air travel research

We enable the advancement of design, fabrication, testing and certification of products to ensure a safe and healthy end-to-end travel experience

Icing and safety

Our team is testing and validating a variety of new atmospheric and icing condition detection techniques to improve aircraft safety

Climate resilience and space

Our team can address aerodynamics and climate-resilient infrastructure challenges as well as space-based science and technologies

Defence and sustainment

Our team is supporting the Royal Canadian Air Force's (RCAF) operational needs and helping advance key defence industry capabilities

Industrial R&D groups

Our collaborative initiatives join partners from all parts of the aerospace value chain to share the benefits, costs and risks associated with R&D projects

Technical and advisory services

Our specialized advisory services range from testing and certifications to calibration, prototyping, demonstrations, scale-up and consulting.