June 6, 2022
Volocopter recently announced a collaboration with Microsoft to ensure Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing service, meets VoloIQ’s needs for business operations and makes it both secure and scalable for future expansion. VoloIQ, Volocopter’s operating system for the urban air mobility (UAM) industry, will leverage Azure to ensure safety and efficiency remain at the forefront of its operations.
“From the latest technologies to regulations, creating solutions to seamlessly meet cloud computing requirements to support the continued advancements of aviation is a complex undertaking,” said Uli Homann, CVP of Cloud and AI at Microsoft. “We certainly see the potential that a secure, robust and efficient cloud platform could offer aerospace and urban air mobility operators. Together with Volocopter, we will begin to lay the foundations of a business model for an aerospace cloud. “
Developed in collaboration with Lufthansa Industry Solutions, VoloIQ is the brain of Volocopter’s eVTOL ecosystem and will monitor everything from VoloCity air taxis and VoloPorts to the Volocopter app and weather conditions on any given day. The system will cover reservation and e-commerce, business planning, network operational planning, flight planning, flight monitoring, airspace digital twins and vehicle data recording and analysis. . Combining VoloIQ with Azure will help securely interconnect all of these elements of the UAM ecosystem into an integrated set of services.
“VoloIQ is the digital backbone to enable all of Volocopter’s UAM services,” Volocopter CEO Florian Reuter said in 2020. “The use of big data will continuously improve efficiency and impact significant positive on the quality of our customer service. We selected Lufthansa Industry Solutions because of its leading know-how in certified aviation processes and large-scale aircraft operations. I look forward to the exciting results of this cooperation.”
Earlier this year, Volocopter raised $170 million in a Series E round, taking its funding to $579 million since the first round in 2013. As the first and only eVTOL company to receive the Design Organization Approval (DOA) from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Volocopter will use the funding for the certification of electric passenger air taxis and to launch commercial air taxi services in cities like Singapore, Rome and Paris. Additionally, the company also announced that Dirk Hoke, former CEO of Airbus Defense & Space, will join Volocopter as CEO in September 2022, bringing extensive experience from a technical, strategic and business perspective.
“The ability to attract such a renowned industry leader is proof of the quality of the work done by our team,” commented Stefan Klocke, Chairman of Volocopter’s Advisory Board. “Volocopter is in the best shape ever: we’re flying our aircraft in cities around the world, growing our valuation to over $1.7 billion, raising over $579 million in funding and setting milestones history in the industry that make us the undisputed leader in UAM.”
“My experience at Airbus and Siemens will help us monetize the market leadership position that Volocopter has achieved under Florian’s leadership,” said Dirk Hoke, future CEO of Volocopter. “Volocopter’s product range, certification progress, team spirit and ecosystem approach puts us in a unique competitive position.”
Additionally, at the end of March 2022, Volocopter performed the first crewed eVTOL flight in France, becoming a two-time pioneer as the first eVTOL developer to perform crewed and remotely piloted test flights in France. The crewed flights were part of a week-long UAM testing campaign aimed at gathering critical information for the launch of the UAM industry over the next two years, in time for the 2024 Paris Olympics and Paralympics. .