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.

We have 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 350+ aerospace researchers have core expertise in aerodynamics, propulsion, flight research, icing, manufacturing, and structures and materials performance.

To position Canada's aerospace industry for success in new aerospace markets, we are investing in emerging technologies like autonomous air mobility, digital twin, disruptive architectures, and additive/subtractive manufacturing.

Services and information

Strategic client services

Technical and advisory services

Technology licensing

  • 2D morphogenetic icing code
  • Advanced NDI (non-destructive inspection) technologies for manufacturing and MRO
  • Bell 412 flight model data package (that meets the requirements for FAA level D simulation)
  • Continuous resistance welding of thermoplastic composites
  • Erosion-resistant coatings
  • Frequency selective response type control system
  • High-accuracy, high-efficiency conductive heating technology for integral mould tool heating, bonded assembly of composite structure, and bonded repair of composite structure
  • Ice crystal sensor technologies

Why work with us

The NRC's Aerospace Research Centre has facilities with unique testing capabilities. Our team of experts works with partners around the world to de-risk product development for aerospace companies. We conduct research to help the Canadian Armed Forces overcome technical challenges and meet operational goals, and deliver scientific excellence to support Canada's aerospace regulators' need to make informed decisions.

We also recognize the importance of collaboration in delivering impact to our clients. With our longstanding presence in the aerospace community, we are well positioned to forge new and strategic partnerships with all types of stakeholders. We have active partnerships with academia, industry, other government departments, and international research and technology organizations. Moreover, we are one of the 14 research centres that make up Canada's largest science and research organization: the NRC. This offers our clients a unique multidisciplinary advantage to overcome complex technological challenges in new innovation areas such as autonomous and electric flight. Our collaborations facilitate the exchange of ideas that helps catalyze advancements that are necessary to deliver research excellence and/or innovative technology solutions. It's a big part of what makes the Aerospace Research Centre an ideal partner for your organization.