On October 4, 2022 in Toulouse, the Excellence Club Aerospace awarded 5 prizes for innovation and industrial research for the development of the aeronautics and space industry at the Toulouse Métropole Innovation Center called B612. This building brings together researchers, established companies in the aerospace sector and emerging companies to promote new ideas in the aeronautics sector. Its name is a reference to the book of the aviator and writer Antoine de St Exupéry whose title “the Little Prince” corresponds to the hero who came from the asteroid B612.
A whole group of players from the aerospace world, large and small innovative companies, French or foreign (USA, Germany, etc.) have come together to officially award 5 prizes rewarding the projects deemed the most innovative of the year 2022. trophies awarded were on the subjects of Green Aviation, Innovation, Artificial Intelligence, Connectivity / IoT (Internet of Things) and Inspiring Student. The selection of the best projects submitted for evaluation having been made beforehand by a jury of academics and professionals representing international companies chosen for their concern to promote innovation and their awareness of the social responsibility they bear. The jury is thus made up of eminent members of companies including, among others, Liebherr Aerospace, Limatech, IbaseT.
1 – Green Aviation Award: Thales
The award-winning Flights Footprint estimator project optimizes commercial aircraft flight profiles to significantly minimize CO2 and non-CO2 emissions, contrails and NOX emissions.
2 – Innovation Award: AirBusiness Academy
AirBusiness Academy was rewarded for its ‘Early Adopters’ approach as part of the launch of a new ‘Civil Aviation Carbon neutrality’ training course. This program brought together 13 participants from 9 different companies representing the entire value chain of the aeronautical industry (airlines, suppliers, airports, etc.) to research, examine and discuss the different means available contributing to the achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. The innovation approach consists of placing end users and identifying their needs at the heart of the reflection for the co-design of this training, in order to ensure its desirability, its value, its impact, and responsible growth. The approach was systematic, using simulation tools (AirManager™) and assessing the impact of planned actions on emissions, but also on the value chain. The creativity of the project consisted in identifying, sharing and accumulating in an optimal way all the methods currently available contributing to the minimization of the carbon impact.
3 – Artificial Intelligence Prize: Iwiation (German company)
The objective of the awarded project is to improve safety at small airfields through the use of artificial intelligence. The technique developed by Iwiation makes it possible to detect aircraft and calculate their position in real time from visual data. This makes it possible to document all object movements on the airfield and to send warnings to the responsible airfield operator.
In addition, the system allows documenting landings and departures based on transponder information and visual call sign detection.
4 – Connectivity / IOT (Internet of Thing): Collins / easyJet / Airbus
The team made up of Collins / EasyJet / Airbus was formed with the aim of carrying out a project to create an ecosystem of real-time data obtained or transmitted by the control tower, the technical or commercial crew of aircraft or company ground crews. With these data circulating continuously by radio waves or satellites, it is possible to optimize in-flight operations (trajectory, on-board customer service, etc.) and those on the ground (predictive maintenance, etc.). This will result in operating gains with a direct economic and environmental impact.
5 – Inspirational Student Award: Neamine Project with Thomas DELHON IPSA / ISAE
The award-winning project consists in a first step in identifying accessible asteroids and with rare materials. After a selection, it is a question of going to seek on this one the rare materials and to bring them back. This project has an industrial reality and competes with American and Chinese approaches.
This Excellence Club Aerospace Awards 2022 event on October 4, 2022 gives the best projects increased visibility so that they can develop better. During the evening cocktail, many contacts were also made, combining usefulness and pleasure. The whole team of Nadia Didelot, organizer of the event and Air&Cosmos, partner of the Excellence Club Aerospace, wish the best flight to all these innovative projects related to the aerospace field and see you next year.
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