The Powered by Collins™ Initiative

Collaborative Innovation for the Future of Aerospace

Welcome to the Powered by Collins Initiative.  We’re glad you’re here. Our goal with Powered by Collins is to identify advanced technologies and solutions with direct applicability to Collins’ products and customers, and to combine our expertise with yours to create and field new products and services.

We welcome companies that are actively working in aerospace, and equally so for those working in adjacent industries but passionate about exploring the opportunity in aerospace for their offerings. 

Powered by Collins is presented by the Applied Research & Technology organization of Collins Aerospace, a global technology and open innovation resource. With teams located in the U.S., Europe and Asia, we leverage combined engineering expertise to create differentiated systems-level solutions across a range of disciplines. To learn more about the organization and our capabilities, visit us here.

The Powered by Collins™ Initiative

Applications close May 19,2023

Create with us and move from technology to market, faster

Learn more about the Collins Aerospace Applied Research & Technology organization

At a Glance

Moving from technology to solution faster, together.

The IC Initiative is a unique opportunity to directly collaborate with a leader in the aerospace industry and accelerate your capabilities and products to market.

Collins Aerospace is one of the leading global aerospace companies committed to future technologies

The IC Initiative is one example of our commitment to new resources and new initiatives to accelerate collaboration

The IC Initiative is designed to move at the speed of innovation

Potential to move quickly into funded proof of concept demonstrations

The Power of Collins

Collaborators selected as part of the Powered by Collins Initiative will gain access to a broad array of capabilities and opportunities.  While each interaction will be tailored to the needs of a particular project, some exemplar benefits could include:

Requirements for Collaborating

With the goal of ensuring the highest probability of success for our interactions, the Powered by Collins Initiative is open to any company, globally, that:

While not required, we highly encourage any entity considering the Initiative to have achieved a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) in order to be positioned to collaborate in a rapid proof-of-concept project within 3-6 months.

The Powered by Collins Process

Please review those opportunities  below and see if your company’s capabilities and solutions are a potential fit.

Tell us more about your company and your technology-enabled solutions via a Solution Brief. It’s our version of an introductory meeting in a document format. We’re looking for a < 3-page document or < 10 slide presentation (.pdf format preferred), with a total file size not exceeding 2 MB.

Information we’re looking for:
  • Description of your solution & why you think it fits the Collaboration Opportunity scope
  • Unique aspects of your solution and the technology enablers to create that uniqueness
  • Your capabilities – Your core team and its unique strengths
  • Your momentum to date – help us understand where you are in your development journey and some recent milestones and customer traction
  • A document with no Technical Data or controlled technical information

The internal Collins team will evaluate your Solution Brief submission for a fit with our needs and the likelihood of a successful collaboration together.

Selected Solution Briefs will be invited to join us for a Collaboration Day to explore, in greater detail, potential opportunities.

Collins may select a subset of Demo Day participants to collaborate with through a funded, proof-of concept demonstration.

Open Collaboration Opportunities

Extravehicular
Space Mobility

How would you collaborate with Collins to increase the intelligence of the next generation spacesuit, improving its ability to act as a scientific platform for data gathering and astronaut monitoring?

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High Performance
Batteries

How would you collaborate with Collins to develop inherently safe, high-energy density, battery systems with at least 20 kWh of capacity?

Autonomy
for Small UAS

How would you collaborate with Collins to increase small UAS utility for search & rescue missions by expanding and integrating platform perception sensing capabilities?

Composites Recycling & Circular Economy

How would you collaborate with Collins to transform composite scrap into high quality products with minimal energy usage?

Program Schedule

Friday, March 10th
Inaugural Powered by Collins Initiative Launches
Friday, May 19th
Applications Close
Mid-June
Collaboration Day for Selected Companies
July
Funded Demonstration Projects LAUNCH for Down SELECTED Companies

Our Team

The Applied Research & Technology team is a global technology and open innovation resource within Collins Aerospace working on mission-critical projects that push the boundaries of what technology can do. We work on the cutting edge, redefining our industry with innovative partners, government and academia to research and advance transformative technologies that can create a safer, more connected and sustainable world.

With teams located in the U.S., Europe and Asia, we leverage combined engineering expertise across Collins Aerospace and Raytheon Technologies to create differentiated systems-level solutions across a range of disciplines. Working together, we bring breakthrough technologies to market that redefine how the world experiences the present and envisions the future.

Activation Partner: T-Hub

T-Hub (Technology Hub) is a premier innovation hub and ecosystem enabler based in Hyderabad, India. T-Hub leads India’s pioneering innovation ecosystem and strives to create an impact for startups, corporations, and other ecosystem stakeholders. Its mission is to enable and empower an ecosystem hungry for innovation.

Incorporated in 2015, T-Hub has provided 2000+ national and international startups access to superior technology, talent, mentors, customers, corporates, investors, government agencies, and other innovation ecosystem stakeholders.

T-Hub has elevated innovation for leading national and global corporations, transforming their business models for the better. Collaborating with innovation partners and enablers in Telangana, India and worldwide, T-Hub is building a future-ready innovation ecosystem.

FAQs

If you’re a global technologist that represents a deep-tech, small-medium enterprise – in aerospace or an adjacent industry – and you share our passion for innovation, we invite you to explore our active Collaboration Opportunities to see if your company’s capabilities and solutions are a potential fit.

While each interaction will be tailored to the needs of a particular project, some sample benefits could include access to our aerospace expertise and world-class facilities, insights into market needs and use cases, non-dilutive funding through collaborative demonstration programs, along with developing a holistic, lasting relationship with one of the world’s leading aerospace companies.

To submit an application, apply here or visit the ART website.

We understand how busy the world is, and our goal is to evaluate potential collaborators swiftly while enabling you to get to know Collins and our expertise more thoroughly. To that end, our portal is designed to enable you to tell us more about your company and your technology-enabled solutions via a Solution Brief.

  • Its our version of an introductory meeting in a document format
  • A 3-page document or 10 slide presentation (.pdf format preferred), with a total file size not exceeding 2 MB
  • Information we’re looking for:
    • Description of your solution & why you think it fits the Collaboration Opportunity scope
    • Unique aspects of your solution and the technology enablers to create that uniqueness
    • Your capabilities – Your core team and its unique strength
    • Your momentum to date – help us understand where you are in your development journey and some recent milestones and customer traction
    • A document with no Technical Data or controlled technical information

For more information on Collins Aerospace, our capabilities, and the industries we serve, please visit our website.

Express Interest for the Program

At Collins Aerospace, we’re working side-by-side with our customers and partners to dream, design and deliver solutions that redefine the future of our industry. We’re reaching across markets, disciplines and boundaries to develop new and more advanced technologies. And, together, we’re making the most powerful concepts in aerospace a reality.

©2023 Collins Aerospace and T-Hub

A new era of space exploration and travel has begun, fueled by a wave of technologies enabling safer and smarter access to this frontier. Collins is honored by our long history serving NASA with our Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU), otherwise known as our space suit and the world’s smallest spacecraft. We are looking to collaborate with providers of miniaturized, low-power approaches to temperature and pressure sensing with experience in deploying systems in extreme environments. Providers with unique approaches to multi-functional sensors are also sought. Collaborators will work with Collins to understand the unique mission requirements for space mobility, conduct evaluation tests of their technology and incorporate their solutions as part of ongoing design activities for EMU upgrades.

Powertrain electrification has the demonstrated potential to significantly reduce the environmental footprint of transportation technologies. Collins is committed to commercializing these advancements for aerospace, with over $3B invested in the last decade to advance more-electric architectures, including a recent $50M investment in a multi-megawatt power system test facility set to open in 2023. We are looking to collaborate with providers of cell chemistry, system packaging or management/optimization technologies or physical and digital methodologies with a 5-year or less commercialization roadmap. Proposed technologies must dramatically improve safety, life and charge/discharge (??) performance, while still retaining at least 200 Wh/kg of pack level energy density. Such providers will work with Collins to demonstrate their capabilities and incorporate their solutions into ongoing design and validation activities.

Technology miniaturization continues to accelerate the ability of small, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to assist in a broad range of life-saving missions, from disaster response to search & rescue, law enforcement and beyond. Collins has developed the RapidEdge™ Mission System to enable such vehicles to execute complex missions effectively, including multi-vehicle collaboration. We are looking to collaborate with smart payload and data integration providers through the open interfaces of the RapidEdge™ Mission System. Such providers will work with Collins to deliver new perception capabilities across the electromagnetic spectrum and to optimize those capabilities using existing platform data streams (weather, mission planning, etc.) for a range of small UAS platforms.

Composite materials have become ubiquitous in aerospace, offering strength and resilience, while reducing component weight. Collins is an industry leader in next-generation composite materials, including thermoplastics. We are looking to collaborate with providers of recycling technologies or manufacturers utilizing upcycled materials to reuse current composite scrap in novel applications. Such providers will work with Collins to understand our current remanent stream, demonstrate their capabilities in small scale, and develop a scalable roadmap for continued material utilization.