We are embracing digitalisation and Industry 4.0 to develop intelligent manufacturing processes using advanced composite materials, to design and produce innovative aerostructures.

Aerostructures Innovation Research (AIR) Hub

Aerostructures Innovation Research (AIR) Hub

Learn about AIR Hub, one of the largest and most active aerospace research collaborations in Australia. Through our five key research areas, we are developing the next generation of aerostructures for use in civil aviation, electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft, uncrewed aerial systems, advanced air mobility, and space.

Key capabilities

The AIR Hub’s mission is to develop next generation aerostructures for advanced air mobility in Victoria and Australia through our expertise in:


Intelligent manufacturing processes

Advanced composite materials 

Advanced Air Operations and Human Factors

Our projects

The AIR Hub is driving innovation in aerostructures, focusing on civil, cargo and aeromedical airliners, urban electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) air vehicles, and advanced composite materials for the space and satellite industries. This includes:

  • Civil aircraft: focusing on integrated structures to reduce part count and assembly & increase functionality for flight control surfaces and space structures.
  • Advanced Air Mobility including eVTOL: focusing on novel structures that are safe and efficient for delivery drones to passenger-carrying air taxis.
  • Technology Activation: commercialising new technologies through a focused aerospace accelerator & incubator platform.
  • Hydrogen Fuels: working closely with the Victorian Hydrogen Hub to research and develop capacity for hydrogen storage on aircraft and eVTOL vehicles. 
Hydrogen to the Skies

Hydrogen to the Skies

The Hydrogen to the Skies project is creating the next generation of sustainable aviation now. Thanks to Australian Government funding, we’re working with Textron Systems Australia to create a real-world prototype of a hydrogen-propelled drone.

Want to learn more about the AIR Hub?

Want to know more about the work being completed by the AIR Hub? View our collection of past webinars and other digital media.

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The AIR Hub brings together the research expertise of:

With Australia's aerospace industry leaders:

Our memberships:

State-of-the-art facilities

We have access to state-of-the-art facilities to develop and test intelligent manufacturing processes and advanced composite materials in the design and development of innovative aerostructures. This includes:

  • Swinburne-CSIRO National Industry 4.0 Testlab

    The Swinburne-CSIRO National Industry 4.0 Testlab conducts industrial scale multilayer 3D printing for near net composite manufacturing and solutions for automotive and aerospace parts, processes and systems.

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    ANSTO - The Australian Synchrotron

    The only one of its kind in Australia, this major research facility uses powerful beams of light to examine the molecular and atomic details of a wide range of materials.

  • Modern hydrogen energy storage system accompaind by large solar power plant and wind turbine park in sunny summer afteroon light with blue sky and scattered clouds. 3d rendering.

    Victorian Hydrogen Hub

    In partnership with CSIRO and ARENA 2036, Swinburne’s Victorian Hydrogen Hub brings together the community to support sustainable manufacturing practices.

  • With AIR Hub, we intend to work particularly on building our capability here in Australia … it gives us the chance to accelerate, do things in a very cost-effective way … and really build on the opportunities for the future of Australia and aerospace manufacturing. This [The AIR Hub] really sets us up to be in the best possible position to deliver into new aeroplane programs of the future.

    Michael Edwards , General Manager, Boeing Research and Technology

Work with us

The AIRHub is a focal point for Australia’s aerospace industry in Victoria and works closely with local SMEs to support their transition and enhance their global competitiveness.  If you’re interested in engaging with the AIR Hub or just want to know more, please contact airhub@swinburne.edu.au.

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    AIR Pass

    Experience six-month prototyping and commercialisation support for aerospace ventures with funding from AIR Hub to get to your first or next customer.

Do you want to do a PhD with us?

Are you interested in industry 4.0 and the future of aerostructures? Find out more about joining our team as a PhD student on our careers page.

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Are you interested in studying for a Masters with us?

Are digitalisation, intelligent manufacturing or advanced composites your thing?  Are you interested in an applied Masters degree? Find out more about joining our team on our careers page.

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Aerostructures Innovation Research Hub
AIR Hub research capabilities brochure

Aerostructures Innovation Research Hub

Discover how AIR Hub is supporting Australia to become a global leader in aerospace technology through its five key research areas.

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Our latest news

  • Generated image of a futuristic helicopter with revolving blades on either side, flying over a city/lake
    • Aviation

    How AI can fast track the developments our aviation sector desperately needs

    With the help of artificial intelligence, new aircraft designs that meet modern demands could be a reality as soon as 2025 and help alleviate concerns like safety.
    Thursday 18 January 2024
    • Technology
    • Aviation

    Swinburne’s AIR Hub achieves hydrogen flight

    Swinburne University of Technology’s Aerostructures Innovation Research Hub (AIR Hub) has successfully completed the first flight of an Australian-developed hydrogen fuel cell electric powered VTOL drone. 

    Tuesday 24 October 2023
  • Man standing by prototype.
    • Aviation

    AIR Pass accelerating success for aerospace innovation

    Swinburne University’s AIR Pass program has accelerated Dovetail’s development and progressed its goal of accelerating decarbonisation in the aviation sector.

    Wednesday 16 August 2023
  • Inside the AIR HUB, showing the workspace
    • Technology
    • Business

    AIR Hub opens final AIR Pass funding to drive Australia’s aerospace ecosystem

    Swinburne University of Technology’s Aerostructures Innovation Research Hub (AIR Hub) is thrilled to announce the opening of its final round of the AIR Pass program. Designed to fuel the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups in the Australian aerospace ecosystem, this initiative will provide eligible projects with up to $50,000 in funding to support their development.

    Wednesday 14 June 2023
  • People working in the AIR Hub on the quad-copter
    • University
    • Aviation

    New AIR Hub partnership driving innovation and industry engagement

    Swinburne’s Aerostructures Innovation Research (AIR) Hub has partnered with the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute’s (ASMI’s) APR.Intern program to increase uptake in aerospace PhD internship projects by mid 2024. 

    Thursday 27 April 2023

Other initiatives

Funded through the Victorian government's Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund.

Contact the AIR Hub

Are you from industry and want to get involved? Are you a member of the community and want to know more? Perhaps you are a student interested in a scholarship? Whatever your query, get in touch with us at airhub@swinburne.edu.au.

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