June 6, 2022
Recently, Volocopter announced a partnership 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 that safety and efficiency remain at the forefront of its operations.
“From the latest technologies to regulation, creating solutions to seamlessly address the demands of cloud computing to sustain continued advances in aviation is a complex endeavor,” said Uli Homann, CVP of Cloud and AI at Microsoft. “We certainly see the possibility that a safe, robust and efficient cloud platform could be offered to aerospace and urban airline operators. Working in partnership with Volocopter, we will begin to build the foundation for a business model for aerospace cloud.”
Developed in conjunction with Lufthansa Industry SolutionsVoloIQ is the brain behind Volocopter’s eVTOL ecosystem and will control everything from VoloCity air taxis to VoloPorts, Volocopter’s app, and weather conditions on any given day. The system will cover booking and e-commerce, business planning, operational network planning, flight planning, flight monitoring, aerospace digital twins, and vehicle data recording and analysis. Combining VoloIQ with Azure will help securely interconnect all of these UAM ecosystem elements into one integrated set of services.
“VoloIQ is the digital backbone to enable all Volocopter UAM Services,” said Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter, in 2020. “Using big data, it will continuously improve efficiency and have a significant positive impact on our customer service quality. We have chosen. Lufthansa Industry Solutions because of their leadership skills in certified aviation processes and large-scale aircraft operations. I look forward to the exciting results of this collaboration. “
Earlier this year, Volocopter raised $ 170M in Series E, bringing its funding to $ 579M since the first round in 2013. As the first and only eVTOL company to receive a Design Organization Approval (DOA) from European Union Aviation Security Agency. (EASA), Volocopter will use the funding for the certification of electric passenger air taxis, and to launch commercial air taxis in cities such as Singapore, Rome and Paris. In addition, the company has 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 side.
“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 the Advisory Board at Volocopter. “Volocopter is in the best shape ever: We fly our aircraft in cities worldwide, increase our valuation to more than $ 1.7 billion, raise more than $ 579 million in funding, and set historic industrial milestones that make us the undisputed leader and UAM. “
“My experience of Airbus and Siemens will help us monetize on the leading market position that Volocopter has achieved under Florian’s leadership,” said Dirk Hoke, Volocopter’s future CEO. “Volocopter’s product line, testimonial progress, team spirit and ecosystem approach put us in a unique competitive position.”
In addition, in late March 2022, Volocopter made the first crew eVTOL flight in France, becoming a two-time pioneer as the first eVTOL programmer to complete both manned and remotely piloted test flights in France. The crew flights were part of a week-long UAM test campaign to gather critical insights for launching the UAM industry in the next two years, in time for the 2024 Paris Olympics and Paralympic Games.