Urban Air Mobility: New technologies, realities, and opportunities

EVTOLs provide an answer to the problem of urban air mobility that has captivated several generations in a row and aims to reimagine how we commute in cities.

The aerospace industry is moving at a faster pace than ever seen before. With key players thinking further outside of the box and challenging what we know about air mobility, the aerospace world is looking bigger and brighter than ever.

Air Mobility: The Air Taxi and Beyond

Following Uber in the race to create the much-anticipated air taxi, several small startups are now paving the way to bigger and better technologies than ever anticipated. With electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in the pipeline from Vertical Aerospace, Joby Aviation, Archer Aviation and Lilium Air Mobility, the way in which we think about transportation as a whole could be put under the microscope.

EVTOLs provide an answer to the problem of urban air transportation that has captivated several generations in a row and aims to reimagine how we commute in cities. Offering the promise of quiet, zero-emissions transport, replacing polluting cars on the road and noisy helicopters in the skies, these new-style giants are looking to make a real impact on the way we conduct our daily lives.

Vertical Aerospace: A Revolutionary

The way aircraft are developed is being transformed and disrupted by one key player in particular – Vertical Aerospace, who are pioneering EVTOL technology and driving the future of aviation with the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform.

VTOL Example Aircraft

VTOL Example Aircraft

With its cutting-edge eVTOL aircraft, UK aviation firm Vertical Aerospace intends to lead the industry and be the first to market.

The company needs a strong platform to support its complete product development and certification process and bring all disciplines together in one location to innovate quickly as it builds its business from the ground up.

In order to help them do this, Vertical Aerospace has decided to integrate our 3DEXPERIENCE platform into their business model.

Vertical Aerospace’s development of cutting-edge electric aircraft is made possible by fusing the rigour and discipline of aerospace with the speed and agility of F1. Having flown many full-scale eVTOL prototypes with UK Civil Aviation Authority permission, the business is already a world leader in sustainable aviation technologies.

Ready players two, three, four and more…

With players like Vertical Aerospace paving the way, it’s unsurprising that even more startups are taking up the baton to join the race to EVTOL reality.

Zuri

The hybrid vertical takeoff aircraft from Czech aviation company Zuri has an extremely sleek appearance. Also taking advantage of the benefits of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform has done wonders for Zuri’s image. From simulation to cloud data management, versioning is under control and collaboration is assured, enabling Zuri to make great strides in the EVTOL space.

General Aeronautics

Model-based system engineering and multi-disciplinary optimization from the 3DEXPERIENCE platform will be used by General Aeronautics, a Bangalore, India-based firm that develops drones for agricultural use as well as other commercial and military uses, to create its next generation of aircraft.

Xsun

By avoiding using low-energy density batteries, Xsun has found a solution to the challenge of lifting these large weights into the air. As its name would imply, the SolarXOne’s single forward-mounted propeller is powered by the sun. The French startup has taken advantage of the 3DEXPERIENCE cloud-based platform and is using it to design and consolidate all its data on a single location, to keep a unique, clear and clean configuration of all the subsystems.

All disciplines in one place

With the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, EVTOL disruptors are able to carry out concurrent engineering and empower all users in the company to access the information they need to keep projects on track. Not only that, but they are able to take advantage of industry-leading technologies, to ensure their designs are not only of the highest calibre but also able to take the aerospace industry by storm.

How can TriMech Enterprise support Urban Air Mobility companies?

Our Reinvent The Sky Package supports startups, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in developing disruptive solutions; from small, light aircraft to electric vertical take-off and landing, as well as space launchers and satellite propulsion.

Companies seeking new ways to integrate technology into product development can leverage the solution on the cloud to accelerate the product lifecycle from concept to certification and gain a critical first-to-market advantage.

Are you ready to Reinvent the Sky? Get in touch today.

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