Our alliance with Boeing entices the brightest minds to advance innovation in space sciences, advanced materials, energy and direct manufacturing. Together we have delivered a range of technological breakthroughs.
Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes, and defence, space and security systems. The company supplies aircraft and information platform systems to Australia’s airlines and the Australian Department of Defence.
We have jointly invested over $110 million across a wide range of projects, including aircraft repainting methods, sustainable aviation fuels, aircraft assembly processes, fire retardants and aircraft maintenance management software.
Our relationship has played a key role in the development of Boeing's operations in Australia, most notably the decision to establish research and development (R&D) laboratories in Brisbane and Melbourne. These precincts house more than 120 Australian scientists engaged on advanced aerospace technologies.
Our partnership with Boeing has delivered a range of innovative technological breakthroughs. Here are some examples.
Topcoat reactivation technology
CSIRO and Boeing developed a simple and effective 'spray on and leave on' re-coating technology that has been applied to over 800 of Boeing’s new commercial aircraft, including recent deliveries to both Qantas and Virgin Australia, resulting in multi-million dollar cost savings.
Airspace and airport congestion simulation tools
Total Airspace and Airport Modelling (TAAM) simulation software was first developed within CSIRO and spun-off into The Preston Group; later acquired by Boeing. TAAM is in operation across the globe, including AirServices Australia, and Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane airports; reducing airspace congestion, airport disruption and conflict avoidance and ensuring safer Australian skies.
Sustainable aviation fuels
CSIRO and Boeing lead the development of the world's first comprehensive blueprint for the development of sustainable aviation fuels. Together we have invested in a substantial research project to develop and establish new types of value chains for biomass production and conversion to aviation fuel, particularly those which could potentially integrate food and energy production. This strategy has the potential for creating an Australia bio-based aviation fuel industry that could generate hundreds of clean energy jobs over the next 20 years, as well as cutting greenhouse emissions and reducing Australia's reliance on aviation fuel imports.
Success and growth
Initially engaging in a series of contract research projects in the late 80s, our partnership has evolved into a strategic relationship model for R&D collaboration. Boeing describes this as its gold standard and adheres to this model in other international affiliations.
In 2011 Boeing named CSIRO its Supplier of the Year for global research and development. In the same year the Boeing-CSIRO topcoat reaction team was awarded the CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement.
Signing a new five-year $25 million strategic research agreement in 2012 further cements our relationship and continues to drive innovation in aerospace sciences, advanced materials, energy, ICT, environment and direct manufacturing.
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