Weekly Roundup: Airbus Vahana is number-crunching away


June 21st, 2017, by Ben Brelje
  • Airbus A^3's Vahana team is renting the heavy iron with Rescale Cloud HPC
  • Israeli firm EViation makes its Paris debut
  • XTI Aviation announces first three orders in Paris
  • Zunum secures another round of funding from the Washington State clean energy fund

Vahana scaling up their analysis efforts in the cloud

The A^3 Vahana team (Airbus's silicon valley venture arm) announced a collaboration with Rescale, a cloud company offering high-performance scientific computing. This would seem to imply that they have progressed far beyond their open source trade study tool released in a blog post back in February (not surprising). 

EViation launches sleek, versatile family of all-electric designs

The Israeli company EViation made a splash at their Paris debut by launching their all-electric, 600nmi passenger design (via Flying Mag). The design seems to be positioned in the single-engine turboprop space (a la Pilatus PC-12) and the company outlined a family plan with the earliest variant flying by 2020. An unmanned variant is projected to have 24 hour endurance with a minimal payload.

This photorealistic rendering will need some serious design refinement, though.

(credit: EViation via Flying Mag)

XTI Aircraft books first three orders

Adding to this year's flurry of airplane orders in Paris, Colorado-based XTI Aircraft announced deposit agreements for their first three production Tri-Fan 600 VTOL craft (via Vertical)

Zunum secures additional funding from WA state green-tech fund

Puget Sound Business Journal reported that local firm Zunum Aero was awarded $800k in grant funding from the Washington State Clean Energy fund, along with several other projects. The fund joins Boeing HorizonX and Jet Blue Technology Ventures as backers of the hybrid-electric propulsion company, which aims to fly a regional-class transport demonstrator by 2020


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