National Research Council of Canada

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The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is Canada’s largest federal research and development organization.

The NRC partners with Canadian industry to take research impacts from the lab to the marketplace, where people can experience the benefits. This market-driven focus delivers innovation faster, enhances people’s lives and addresses some of the world’s most pressing problems. We are responsive, creative and uniquely placed to partner with Canadian industry, to invest in strategic R&D programming that will address critical issues for our future.

Each year our scientists, engineers and business experts work closely with thousands of Canadian firms, helping them bring new technologies to market. We have the people, expertise, services, licensing opportunities, national facilities and global networks to support Canadian businesses.

The NRC is a founding member of the Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium and are proud to create the future of flight together in partnership with them.

Integrated Air Mobility Program

New aerospace products have to go through full scale demonstrations and meet stringent safety regulations before they become a commercial success. Unmanned Aircraft Systems are no exceptions and face certain technological, operational and regulatory barriers that have to be overcome before they become a reality. NRC is well recognized of its multi-disciplinary expertise and holds a reputation of skilled and well equipped partner of choice with an experience of demonstrating large scale aerospace products. As such, NRC is well positioned to address the above mentioned barriers, advancing key niche technologies to accelerate their adoption, certification and commercialization.  In pursuance of its strategic focus, Aerospace Research Center (ARC) is taking a leadership role in stimulating the UAS eco-system in Canada with support from other NRC Research Centers and NRC IRAP.

ARC has launched a seven-year transformational R&D program titled Integrated Aerial Mobility (I AM) to unlock the potential of UAS in Canada.  The program aims to realize this outcome through the achievement of the following objectives:

  • Develop, support and scale up critical technologies and qualify them through full scale demonstrations in both virtual and physical domains
  • stimulate the establishment of a sustainable autonomous on-demand UAS industry in Canada through a stronger supply chain
  • provide knowledge-based support to Transport Canada to enable increased complexity operations of UAS in Canadian airspace


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Each of our members have committed to building the future of Advanced Air Mobility. We're committed to helping all of them work together to get there safely.

JR Hammond

Executive Director

Canadian Advanced Air Mobility

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