COOPERANTS to digitise aerospace faster

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On 1 July 2021, the then German Minister of Economics, Peter Altmaier, announced the winners of the Gaia-X funding competition. Among the 16 winners was COOPERANTS - a consortium of 12 partners from the aerospace industry. For almost 18 months, little was heard from the project. Now there was a sign of life.

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Gaia-X aims to create a common European data infrastructure. This will enable companies, research institutions, associations, administrations and policy makers to work towards a common goal and build a broad spectrum of expertise. The aim of this digital ecosystem is to create and secure the competitiveness of European companies and business models. The idea: A wide variety of elements are connected via open interfaces and existing standards. The data linked in this way will converge in a cloud alliance, the exchange of which will foster innovation. The complexity of this project is also reflected in its organisational structure. It is based on three pillars: the Gaia-X Association, the National Gaia-X Hubs and the Gaia-X Community. Within these pillars, working groups and committees exchange information among themselves and with other actors such as the European Commission or international initiatives. Gaia-X is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the German government's AI strategy.

Digital Aeronautics and Space Collaboration Labs (DASCLab)

The members of the German Gaia-X Hub are organised in eleven domains. These are Agriculture, Energy, Finance, Geoinformation, Health, Industry 4.0/SME, Mobility, Public Sector, Smart City/Smart Region, Smart Living and Planning - Building - Operating. In the Industry 4.0/SME domain, the demand example Digital Aeronautics and Space Collaboration Labs (DASCLab) has been registered. And one of the projects organised within it is COOPERANTS (Collaborative Processes and Services for Aeronautics and Space).

The aim of this consortium is to accelerate digitalisation processes in the aerospace industry. According to the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI), "various intelligent services are to be integrated in a digital working environment (data spaces): collaborative project handling and system modelling, intelligent assistants, AI-based optimisation and diagnosis, telepresence using virtual/augmented reality, simulations, knowledge management and cyber-physical interfaces".

Consortium from science and industry


The consortium is led by the German Aerospace Centre - Space Systems (DLR-RY). Airbus Defence and Space, itemis and OHB System are involved as industrial partners. neusta aerospace, RADIUSMEDIA, ScopeSET and ZARM Technik represent the SME side, while Valispace is involved as a start-up company. The German Aerospace Center (DLR), the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology (IWU) and the Research Centre for Information Technology (FZI) are the scientific partners in the consortium.

On the COOPERANTS website, the only information currently available is that the site is under construction. But after a year and a half without any sign of life, the project now seems to be finding its way into the public domain.

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