Fokker Next Gen and Dassault Systèmes have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to lead the aviation industry towards a sustainable future powered by hydrogen. The alliance signifies an industry shift towards eco-friendly air travel, championing the cause of reducing aviation’s environmental impact.
At the heart of Fokker Next Gen’s vision is the development of a zero-emission aircraft, capable of covering 2,500 kilometers while serving 120-150 passengers. Currently, the company is retrofitting a Fokker 100 aircraft into a hydrogen-driven demonstrator. This effort is geared towards demonstrating the potential of hydrogen-based jet engines. Fokker Next Gen aspires to launch their trailblazing aircraft design by 2024, aiming to redefine industry standards.
Integral to this venture is Dassault Systèmes, renowned for its groundbreaking 3D software and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. The synergy benefits from Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, which facilitates a comprehensive digital interface for the aviation continuum.
This cloud-hosted 3DEXPERIENCE platform will allow Fokker Next Gen to create not just the aircraft but also a digital twin, encapsulating the aircraft and its production infrastructure. This integration of digital twin technology is set to boost Fokker Next Gen’s stature in the aviation domain.
Juriaan Kellermann, Fokker Next Gen’s CEO, sees the partnership as pivotal in realizing their sustainable aviation dream. He noted the importance of Dassault Systèmes’ innovative solutions in this endeavor. Echoing his sentiment, John Kitchingman of Dassault Systèmes asserted that the 3DEXPERIENCE platform will be instrumental in actualizing Fokker Next Gen’s vision of carbon-neutral flying.
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