With the UK’s aim of becoming net zero, a race is underway to create a truly sustainable aircraft. FlyZero, an ATI funded project, set out a revolutionary vision for the future of aviation. This project worked towards producing a new generation of aircraft driven by liquid hydrogen, keeping companies, cultures, families, and nations connected without directly leaving a carbon footprint.

The year long FlyZero project brought together experts from across UK industry and beyond with a shared passion for decarbonising aviation for the benefit of our planet. Due to the complexity of the project, it required seamless large-scale collaboration between many organisations to research technologies, with a diverse range of knowledge, expertise and experience needed to address the challenges.

To overcome this challenge, The Centre for Modelling and Simulation (CFMS) developed a collaborative engineering environment, through our easily flexible information technology (IT) infrastructure.

Our Engineering Computing Services (ECS) experts created a dynamic collaborative IT environment for the conceptual aircraft design process by utilising resilient computing and our commercially secure, on-site data centre. The collaborative IT environment allowed for rapid deployment of tools, software and computing power, enabling project collaborators to perform complex engineering tasks and access simulation software remotely, even from a laptop.

Innovators were able to readily and safely exchange information, data, models, digital engineering tools, and designs through their own devices, allowing for seamless collaboration. The collaborative IT environment removed the burden of lengthy project set-ups and costs and sped up the entire FlyZero project overall.

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