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Aug 2, 2018 | News

Boeing and GE Aviation Eye Colleges for Drone Initiatives

Massachussets Institute of Technology will be home to the new Boeing Aerospace & Autonomy Center, a 100,000 square foot research lab in the mixed-use district in Kendall Square.

The center will be part of Boeing’s NeXT organization which is seeking to lead future commercial mobility solutions, whose general focus is establishing technology for UAM.

“Boeing is leading the development of new autonomous vehicles and future transportation systems that will bring flight closer to home,” said Greg Hyslop, Boeing chief technology officer. “By investing in this new research facility, we are creating a hub where our engineers can collaborate with other Boeing engineers and research partners around the world and leverage the Cambridge innovation ecosystem.”

The center will house employees from Boeing and its subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences.

On the other side of the world at Kookmin University, Seoul, South Korea, GE Aviation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to study the possible uses for UAVs.

“This collaboration builds upon our experience with Kookmin University in Aviation and recent indigenous new UAV testing in South Korea,” said Alan Caslavka, president of Avionics Systems for GE Aviation. “Our ongoing work with Kookmin will help validate various technologies as we work globally to accelerate safe unmanned air systems.”