The first airplane designed using the Cloud

Dassault Systèmes has announced that its 3DEXPERIENCE platform has been chosen by French aviation startup, Elixir Aircraft, to develop the industry's first aircraft designed using cloud-based applications.

Elixir Aircraft will rely on Dassault Systèmes' 'Engineered to Fly' industry solution experience for the cloud-based design and engineering of its two-seater airplane. The aircraft's first flight is expected to take place in mid-2016.

"Small companies face administrative and infrastructure challenges that require significant time and costs and can ultimately detract from achieving their primary business goal," said Arthur Leopold-Leger, ceo, Elixir Aircraft. "To create our first aircraft, we've chosen the Dassault Systèmes 'Engineered to Fly' cloud solution because it allows young businesses like ours to benefit from immediate deployment, ease of use, data security and full technical support. As a result, we can dedicate our resources to design and engineering."

Based on Dassault Systèmes' 3DEXPERIENCE platform, 'Engineered to Fly' is claimed to be specifically tailored for small- and medium-sized aerospace and defence suppliers to enhance productivity. The cloud-based solution is said to integrate the latest engineering technologies to manage the aircraft design and documentation process. Colleagues and suppliers can collaborate in a secure and social environment, helping to reduce cycle times and late changes in the engineering process.

"Elixir Aircraft is testimony to the potential of French tech startups embarking on programs that can invigorate the industry," said Michel Tellier, vice president of Dassault Systèmes', Aerospace & Defence Industry. "Elixir Aircraft demonstrates the depth and breadth of the cloud as a serious engineering tool."