The project 'AGILE 4.0: Towards cyber-physical collaborative aircraft development' has now been launched as part of the EU's Horizon 2020 programme with the aim of conducting research into future aircraft designs. To kick off the project, some 45 participants from partner organisations in Europe, Canada, Brazil and Russia attended the first meeting, held from 17 to 19 September 2019 in Hamburg at the DLR Institute of System Architectures in Aeronautics.
AGILE 4.0 is investigating new methods for virtual aircraft design, in conjunction with future concepts for manufacturing and supplier networks. The project partners have set themselves the objective of significantly reducing the cost of aircraft development and the time required for this process. This will provide a substantial boost to the competitiveness of the European aircraft industry. One major challenge facing the mobility sector is reconciling economic growth with sustainability and environmental impact, while remaining competitive and innovative.
The development of aviation products is a complex, multidisciplinary process that is subject to diverse requirements from across the entire air transport system. One of the biggest challenges in achieving an efficient, cost-effective design process is integrating different levels of the supply chain. The air transport industry must therefore bring together the experts and their specialist expertise and technologies throughout the entire product lifecycle to create a digital development network.