In order to fuel the technology roadmap, PhotonFirst participates in a broad range of research & development programmes. 


Advanced Damage Detection through Optical sensor Network
ADD-ON project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of integrating various technologies of optical sensors into a unique Optical Sensor Network (OSN) able to fulfil the avionics requirements.

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Towards the application of Morphing Movables in Aerostructures
Support the development of an active morphing winglet demonstrator within the Airframe ITD.

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Advanced Testbed for Tiltrotor Aero elastics
Aimed at the design, manufacture and testing of an advanced testbed for aeroelastic wind tunnel testing of tiltrotor aircraft.

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Developing breakthrough technologies to significantly increase the environmental performance of aircraft. 

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Develop miniaturised RF signal conversion and transmission electronics. 


Pushing the boundaries of aerospace composite material structure.

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Polymer-based Systems for High-Efficient Energy Scavenging and Storage
Develop efficient smart materials with energy harvesting and storage capabilities combining advanced polymer based-composite materials into a novel single/multi-source concept to harvest electrical energy from mechanical energy and/or waste heat ambient sources.



InP Pilot Line for up-scaled, low-barrier, self-sustained, PIC ecosystem
Offers direct access to state of the art InP PIC manufacturing to European businesses.

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MIT project helps ALS patients communicate using sensors. 



Curiosity-driven research, research related to societal challenges and research infrastructure.

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Open-Innovation Photonics pilot for North West Europe
Establish an open access pilot line for the development, processing and testing of photonic integrated circuits.

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Realisation of a robust and versatile hybrid integrated photonics platform providing scalable miniature sensing solutions. 


Photonic Integrated Circuits Assembly and Packaging Pilot Line
Establish the world’s first open access Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) assembly & packaging Pilot Line.


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Improve the quality of life of people with a spinal cord injury through technology.


Smart Intelligent Aircraft Structures
Smart design and nanotechnology to cut aircraft operational costs.


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Investigate potential weight and cost savings in expanding the use of composite materials in areas of demanding high thermal conditions.

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