ESTECO is proud to announce that Zunum Aero has selected modeFRONTIER as its preferred Multi-Disciplinary Optimization platform. The Washington-based startup, which is developing a family of hybrid-electric passenger aircrafts, came to this decision after a thorough competitive analysis that pinpointed the software developed by ESTECO as the most suitable to help them push the limits of battery technology and electric propulsion.
Planning to enter the market with a 12 passenger plane in 2022, the Zunum Aero aircraft brings unprecedented economics of 8 cents per seat mile in direct costs, or $250 per hour. The aircraft will have a range of 700 miles initially, expanding to 1,000 miles by 2030. Their hybrid-electric technology will reduce noise and emissions by 80%, revolutionizing aerospace transportation and setting new challenges in terms of increased engineering complexity in an already highly competitive industry.
"A regional hybrid-electric aircraft - the first of its kind – requires complicated inter-disciplinary analysis,” says Ashish Kumar, Zunum Aero Founder and CEO. “Designing for efficiency while not compromising on comfort and performance requires delicate tradeoffs with many considerations.”
This search for optimal balance between opposing goals has been at the core of ESTECO software technology since the company was founded in 1999. Over the years, its technology has been used by major organizations – the likes of NASA, Airbus and Embraer – to speed up the engineering process, automate design cycles and rapidly identify the best design options, based on multiple constraints and performance requirements.
“modeFRONTIER makes it easy to set up complex, multi-disciplinary optimization problems, and has the capability to handle as many inputs as we can throw at it,” explains Kumar. “Its powerful optimization and post-processing tools will help us build the best possible aircraft to usher in an era of fast, affordable short-haul travel everywhere."
Zunum Aero is building a family of commercial hybrid-to-electric aircraft designed for regional transit, and powered by quiet range-optimized powertrain and propulsion technologies. The company’s vision is to develop 1,000-mile electric air networks to bring fast and affordable travel to every community. Founded in 2013, Zunum Aero is funded by Boeing HorizonX, Jet Blue Technology Ventures, and the State of Washington Clean Energy Fund.
ESTECO is an independent technology provider delivering first-class software solutions aimed at perfecting the simulation-driven design process. With almost 20 years’ experience, the company supports leading organizations in designing the products of the future, today. ESTECO smart engineering suite brings enterprise-wide solutions for design optimization, simulation data management and process integration and automation with the aim of helping companies excel across this innovation journey. Over 300 international organizations across many different industries have chosen ESTECO to consolidate specialized expertise, streamline teamwork and boost product development. Founded in 1999, the company is headquartered in Trieste (Italy), with offices in Michigan (USA), Pune (India) and an international network of channel partners.