The UK aerospace industry is the second largest in the world, representing a 17% global market share. It’s right then that the UK should also play a leading role in developing the future of aerospace, including driving down the sector’s carbon emissions. To do so, we need clear goals and a strong plan which will make sure we achieve them. Working with the Aerospace Technology Institute and industry, the HVM Catapult has developed roadmaps that lay out the future manufacturing research and innovation priorities for the sector to deliver the next generation, low emissions aircraft by 2035.
Aligning to the ATI’s ‘Accelerating Ambition’ strategy, the roadmap identifies the UK manufacturing capabilities needed to deliver the propulsion, structures and systems for future aircraft. Based on consultations across the industry, we found key challenges in all areas: from accelerating product development and reducing cost to through-life sustainability and weight optimisation. To overcome these challenges will demand innovations in sustainable composites, tooling and life-extension technologies. The roadmaps we produce will be used to inform projects across the UK and help to identify funding priorities for the ATI and government, leading to transformation of the aerospace sector by 2035.