New entrants are digital natives. And that offers them some distinct advantages in the New Sky Economy. They are nimble and can quickly adapt to future demands in aerospace. They can also collaborate across multiple industries to address novel and evolving needs. But they also need to become ready to manufacture a certificated product at scale. The challenge they face is that the infrastructure and supply chain required for production at scale are orders of magnitude more complex and capital-intensive than for building a one-off prototype.
New entrants need to start with a fully open, digital collaboration platform that unites all functions, processes and data structures in a “town square.” This single shared space will enable universal data standards, a seamless digital thread and interoperability between operational functions, right from the concept stage. And a town square will enable the right information to accelerate product development and continuous, responsive product improvement.
Through its universal data structure, the town square should also reduce the time and resources required during the intensive trial phase, where everything is typically done physically. And beyond the trial, the universal data structure that underpins the digital twin lays the groundwork for a model-based enterprise as the product matures and production-rate increases.