World-class engineering and manufacturing solutions for the aerospace industry

Ricardo is a trusted engineering and manufacturing services provider to the aerospace industry. We leverage our expertise in supporting the decarbonisation of global transport and energy sectors to deliver future-forward solutions for our aerospace customers.

Aerospace for Commercial Applications

From electrification solutions to hydrogen fuel cell and defossilised fuels technology, Ricardo develops clean, efficient and integrated propulsion systems for future aircraft.

Our work in the commercial space includes Project Fresson which is developing world’s first truly green passenger carrying airline using hydrogen fuel cell technology.

Our highly experienced manufacturing and technical teams can further provide a seamless low to medium volume manufacturing solution for a range of aircraft technologies, all delivered from our state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities.

Aerospace for Defence Applications

For over 25 years, Ricardo has been the trusted engineering services provider for military users across land, air and sea environments. We design, develop and deliver innovative projects to the UK Ministry of Defence from its technical centres in the UK.

Our decades of experience in the defence sector combines with our deep knowledge of clean, efficient propulsion technology and world-class manufacturing capability positions us to be able to deliver the future aircraft technologies specifically for defence.

Our Solutions and Services for Aerospace

  • Batteries and fuel cells
  • Power electronics, motors and drives
  • Thermal systems
  • Clean combustion solutions
  • Transmission systems
  • End-to-end engineering
  • Testing and prototype
  • Low volume manufacturing
  • Market Studies
  • Policy Development
  • Initial Concept
  • Project Management
  • Design
  • Digital Simulation
  • Prototyping
  • Test and evaluation
  • Calibration
Ricardo signs multi-year deal to develop hybrid-electric aerospace technology

Ricardo signs multi-year deal to develop hybrid-electric aerospace technology

Ricardo has signed a multi-year deal with Pratt & Whitney Canada, a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft and helicopter engines and auxiliary power units. Ricardo will leverage its capability in decarbonising global transport and energy sectors, to improve efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

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The Ricardo Difference

Ricardo plc is a world-class environmental, engineering and strategic consulting company and specialist niche manufacturer of high-performance products. With over 100 years of engineering excellence, we provide exceptional levels of expertise in delivering leading edge and innovative cross sector sustainable products and solutions, helping our global customers increase efficiencies, achieve growth and create a cleaner and safer future. Our mission is clear - to create a world fit for the future.

UK Consortium Launches Project to Propel Next Generation of Electric Aircraft

Press Article

The Ricardo proprietary design approach of partial immersion cooling is currently being used in the propulsion module for the next generation electric aircraft Ricardo is helping to develop with consortium partners for the InCEPTion project

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Ricardo to help to deliver hydrogen fuel cell aircraft

Press Release

Ricardo joins a UK consortium to deliver world’s first truly green passenger carrying airline services utilising hydrogen technology

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Why was hydrogen selected for Project Fresson?

Expert Q&A (External link)

In this Q&A with Ricardo's Dr Cedric Rouaud and other consortium members, we get an insight into why hydrogen was selected as the fuel of choice for Project Fresson

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Redressing the balance

Expert Q&A (External link)

How Ricardo’s expertise in hydrogen fuel cell technology and balance of plant is helping to deliver the world’s first truly green passenger carrying airline services

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