Look! …It’s a bird! …It’s a plane! No, it’s the 2023 International Paris Air Show!

By Scott Salzwedel

The 54th International Paris Air Show is about to take off and the anticipation, enthusiasm and overall excitement couldn’t be at a higher pitch.

It’s been four years since the last air show, the largest of its kind on the planet, so there’s much catching up to do. It’s here where the aerospace innovators of the world proudly display the latest in electric aircraft, electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles, air taxis, supersonic aircraft, next-generation fighter jets and new ventures in space tourism and exploration along with a host of other mind-blowing and futuristic technologies.

But this show is not just for the global leaders. Equally important are the numerous startups and small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) who come to show their latest breakthroughs, who support the industry and help move progress forward. Aerospace SMBs have their own contributions and innovations to share as well.

Whether a global OEM, a government agency, a manufacturer, or supply chain partner. Whether you’re a Fortune 500 company, an established business or an out-of-the-box startup – there’s one thing we can all agree on: rising levels of complexity and uncertainty in our industry.

Tap into the proven success of the Siemens and AWS partnership

One of the best ways to innovate and embrace complexity is to transform operations to a digitalized work environment. And a major component to any digital transformation is moving to the cloud. This is where the Siemens and AWS partnership comes into sharp focus. It’s one of the easiest ways for aerospace companies to digitally transform operations. Imagine what the proven collaboration between a global technology leader and the leading cloud services provider could do for you?

Siemens Xcelerator and SaaS offerings
Your digital transformation begins with the Siemens Xcelerator open digital business platform. With our strategic partnership with AWS, we offer exclusive cloud-based products and services that remove perplexing barriers associated with design, build, manufacturing and sustainability. When you move to AWS Cloud, you have the option of the AWS GovCloud, an enabler for customers concerned with USG compliance (both commercial and defense).

A recognized aerospace partner
A good example of the cohesiveness of our partnership is the fact the Siemens recently received the “Aerospace and Satellite Partner of the Year” award at the 2022 AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas. This award recognizes the top partner with government competency who has delivered innovative mission-based wins for state and/or local governments.

Serving the entire aerospace community
Our partnership helps established, multi-national organizations as well as small, nimble startups address complexity head-on. In fact, Siemens has developed an exclusive startup package that’s an easy and low-cost approach for aerospace companies looking for the competitive edge.

It’s no surprise that AWS is the primary sponsor for Siemens at this year’s Paris Air Show.

Startup company Space Perspective – a perfect example

A Siemens and AWS customer, Space Perspective, is a good example of how a SMB succeeds in the cloud. Space Perspective will be sending civilian travelers into lower earth orbit later this year and much of the design and aerodynamics of the Space Perspective capsule are a direct result of the Siemens and AWS partnership. With Siemens SaaS and the necessary compute power, Space Perspective was able to run state-of-the-art simulations without having to invest in hardware or infrastructure. What once took days, even weeks to complete, took less than 12 hours. Take a look at the success Space Perspective enjoyed with the Siemens and AWS partnership. Yes, a SaaS offering brings increased efficiency, improved productivity and faster times to market. But enabling teams to think more creatively, to dream of numerous “what if” scenarios (and not jeopardize timelines) and explore the deepest recesses of their imaginations is an equally important advantage of a digitalized SaaS environment.

Siemens and AWS partner Space Perspective: Using a Siemens SaaS solution (Siemens Simcenter STAR-CCM+) on AWS Cloud, Space Perspective reduced analysis time from one week to 12 hours for structural, thermal and other factors that impact capsule design. (Photo courtesy of Space Perspective.)

The Siemens and AWS partnership has an expression for this type of activity, we call it “create without limits.” And it’s this type of thinking that will lead the industry into a new era of technological breakthroughs.

If you’d like more details on the relationship between Siemens and Space Perspective, please see this blog.

Visit Siemens customer Sierra Space at the Innovation Center for a multimedia extravaganza!

If you haven’t heard of Sierra Space you’re in for a big surprise. The company has two major initiatives under way and both will be on display at Siemens Innovation Center at the show.  

The first initiative is the Dream Chaser, a spaceplane set to begin NASA resupply missions to the International Space Station in late 2023. Dream Chaser will begin its mission as cargo only, but will eventually carry human passengers to the ISS. Sierra Space is also developing the Large Integrated Flexible Environment (LIFE) habitat, a modular commercial space research center.

Both Dream Chaser and LIFE habitat were fully designed and optimized utilizing the Siemens Xcelerator open digital business platform. Using the multidisciplinary design and optimization digital thread within Siemens Xcelerator, and by creating comprehensive digital twins, Sierra Space was able to simulate and measure performance of their systems and processes before beginning production, which dramatically increased speed to market, reducing cost and ensuring the safety of their designs.

Digitalization allows SMBs such as Sierra Space to truly revolutionize the business of space because the company can design, test and fly a spacecraft before anything ever gets built.

To design and develop this revolutionary space platform, Sierra Space partnered with Siemens implementing the Siemens Xcelerator digital business platform. SaaS offerings from Siemens Xcelerator, powered by AWS, serve as the foundation of the company’s next generation digital engineering environment securely running within AWS GovCloud. (Photo courtesy of Sierra Space.)

Time for lift-off!

We are experiencing unprecedented innovation in the A&D industry these days and this year’s Paris Air Show will highlight the latest breakthroughs. There’s just so much excitement around space missions, supersonic air travel, zero-emissions aircraft and urban air mobility to name but a few of the more promising areas. Of course, the digital transformation and SaaS computing will have a direct impact on the success of these history making technologies.

Come spend some time with the Siemens A&D team, we are the new industry leader with our Siemens Xcelerator open digital business platform. From our SaaS offerings to our comprehensive digital twin to our many digital threads that support all facets of A&D design and manufacturing, Siemens is your trusted partner.

You can sign up to attend this year’s Paris Air Show. The Siemens and AWS partnership has a complete itinerary highlighting the latest in SaaS and cloud computing for aerospace.

Register to attend the 54th International Paris Air Show!

Request an onsite meeting with the Siemens A&D team and meet the AWS aerospace and partner team.

For more information on the Siemens and AWS partnership, please visit the official partnership website. Interested in what the Siemens and AWS partnership has been up to? Visit our blog site for the latest.

So yeah, it’s not a bird – not even a plane. It’s the future coming in for a landing at the 2023 Paris Air Show.

See you there!

Scott Salzwedel is a senior communications and technology writer for Siemens Digital Industries Software. In addition to blogs, Scott writes numerous articles, white papers, videos and various other types of communication relating to AWS and the digital transformation. He also created and hosted the podcast series “Talking Aerospace Today.”

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