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Atkins and Siemens Support Aeralis in Modular Aircraft Project

Strategic Agreements Accelerating Digital Transformation

Aeralis has inked strategic agreements with Atkins and Siemens Digital Industries Software, providing access to established UK aerospace resources and accelerating its digital transformation, to become a fully integrated digital enterprise. Together these partnerships will provide Aeralis with the people and processes to continue developing its modular aircraft at pace.

Acting as Digital Technology Partner, Siemens will provide software applications from its Xcelerator Portfolio, a comprehensive and integrated range of software and services. Built on a fully-integrated digital infrastructure, Xcelerator will enable Aeralis to connect a range of product lifecycle business processes to create AERSIDE, its Smart Integrated Digital Enterprise. AERSIDE will connect to everything from aerospace vehicle design, production and assembly simulation, through maintenance, support modelling and training.

Aeralis, and Engineering Delivery Partner, Atkins, will use AERSIDE to design and develop its modular family of aircraft, starting with the first pre-production aircraft, set to fly in 2024. Atkins’ Aerospace & Defence team will provide multi-layered support, from specialist recruitment to safety assessments and specification, integration and certification. As well as supporting the requirements, detailed engineering design and down-selection processes for developing the aircraft, Atkins will also provide ready access to its human factor specialists for the development of the conceptual cockpit and human performance data assimilation.

The partnership with Atkins has secured a wealth of resources, which will enable Aerlais to continue expanding its horizons in the development programme, and will build on Atkins’ and Siemens’ existing commitment to the UK aerospace and defence sector, bringing proven experience in supporting multiple British aerospace and defence companies and key programmes.

This enterprise relies upon a solid foundation of digital infrastructure and innovative engineering support, and represents a significant step forward in aircraft development,” added Aerlais’ CEO, Tristan Crawford, while Ben Sheath, VP/Managing Director UK for Siemens Digital Industries Software, added “If agile, modular, commercially-driven aircraft design is to succeed, the need to quickly ramp up availability at commercial scale is going to be critical.”

Dave Clark, Vice President Aerospace & Defence at Atkins, observed “Our use of new and emerging technologies, such as digital twins, enables the team to test training jets virtually before they are built, in order to reduce risk and drive efficiencies.”

The Aeralis modular aircraft programme is sure to be the subject of many observations, discussions and, perhaps, decisions during DSEI 2021, where the company will be exhibiting later this month. (Image: Aeralis)

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