Inaugurated in 2006, Innovation Works-Singapore was the first Airbus Group research and technology center outside of Europe. Strategically located at Seletar Aerospace Park, this operation leverages Singapore’s strengths and emphasis on aviation-related MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul), energy management and security – tapping the Asian nation’s capabilities that complement Airbus Group’s existing research in these sectors.
MRO technologies and energy management
In the area of MRO technologies, the Singapore focus has covered such areas as wearable computing equipment for increased worker mobility, the application of augmented reality in repair and assembly situations, and the formatting of information for use in mobile devices.
Energy management projects include the study of smart energy management systems for unmanned aerial vehicles with an emphasis on optimizing power network architectures for enhanced system reliability and redundancy. In the security domain, Airbus Group Innovations-Singapore is pushing the frontiers in realtime embedded technologies for robust and reliable solutions with heterogeneous sensors, embedded platforms and algorithms.
Cooperation with the universities
Singapore also functions as a hub for future Airbus Group Innovations initiatives in Asia, serving to identify partners, technologies and capabilities with the region’s universities, research institutions and government agencies. Many of the projects at Airbus Group Innovations-Singapore are performed in close cooperation with scientific institutions such as the DSO National Laboratories, the Defence Science and Technology Agency, Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University, along with the Republic of Singapore Air Force.