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Boeing plans new R&D centre in Massachusetts

3rd August 2018 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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Boeing plans to open the new Boeing Aerospace and Autonomy Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the company announced on 1 August.

The agreement makes Boeing the first major tenant of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) new mixed-use district in Kendall Square. Boeing will lease 100,000 sq ft of research and lab space inside a new 17-floor building at 314 Main Street in Cambridge.

The new facility, which is scheduled to open in 2020, will house employees from Boeing and subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences, who will focus on designing, building and flying autonomous aircraft and developing enabling technologies.

The investment in the new centre follows the recent creation of Boeing NeXt, where researchers are working on the projects to shape the future of travel and transport, including the development of a next-generation airspace management system to enable the safe coexistence of piloted and autonomous vehicles.

Through the Kendall Square Initiative, the MIT will develop six buildings to house a mix of lab and research, office, housing and retail space. Employees from Aurora Flight Sciences' existing research and development center in Kendall Square will move into the new center and operate it on behalf of Boeing once complete.

Greg Hyslop, chief technology officer, Boeing, said: ‘Boeing is leading the development of new autonomous vehicles and future transportation systems that will bring flight closer to home. 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.’

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