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Volocopter collaborates with Microsoft on VoloIQ cloud project
The VoloIQ digital platform is Volocopter’s standard UAM operating system for electric passenger and drone flight operations. Microsoft Cloud/Azure will interconnect all these UAM ecosystem elements.
VoloIQ is the operating system for Volocopter's UAM industry.

Volocopter is to collaborate with Microsoft to develop an aerospace cloud system in Microsoft Azure that will address the nascent cloud computing requirements for eVTOLs, UAM and autonomous aviation. Once primed for commercial use, Azure will support the digital platform VoloIQ, the operating system for Volocopter’s UAM services, and its subsequent transition to autonomous operations.

Volocopter plans to make the VoloIQ its standard UAM operating system for all electric passenger and drone flight operations. Its modular structure will be vast, covering aspects like booking and e-commerce, commercial scheduling, operational network planning, flight planning, flight monitoring, supplying airspace digital twins, and vehicle data logging and analysis. Volocopter has chosen Microsoft Cloud/Azure to securely interconnect all these UAM ecosystem elements into one integrated set of services.

Chief digital officer Alexander Oelling says: “Having Microsoft on board as a project partner and investor is proof that the solutions Volocopter creates, like the VoloIQ, are pioneering and hold remarkable market potential. We’re proud that Microsoft Azure is the one to provide a secure cloud and thus to ensure safety remains at the forefront of our operations.”

Volocopter and Microsoft will begin collaborating by ensuring Microsoft Azure meets the VoloIQ’s needs for commercial operations. Azure will then enable the VoloIQ’s flight and service support for Volocopter’s eVTOL aircraft (VoloCity, VoloDrone, and VoloConnect), alongside ground infrastructure (VoloPort) support in real time.

Microsoft CVP of Cloud and AI Uli Homann says: “From the newest technologies to regulation, creating solutions to seamlessly address the cloud computing requirements for supporting continued advancements in aviation is a complex endeavour. We certainly see the potential a secure, robust, and efficient cloud platform could offer aerospace and urban air mobility operators. Working in collaboration with Volocopter, we will start to build the foundation for a commercial model for aerospace cloud.”

The collaboration between Volocopter and Microsoft was first publicised in 2020, when Volocopter and Lufthansa Industry Solutions announced plans to develop the VoloIQ for autonomous aircraft operations using Microsoft Azure.

The VoloIQ’s aim is a straightforward one: to provide complete digital transparency and greater ecosystem efficiency in real time. By utilising this digital resource, Volocopter’s services – and all the relevant process elements needed to realise this service – will be user-friendly and digitally accessible for customers, pilots, operators and stakeholders alike. Furthermore, the VoloIQ’s solid scope will streamline Volocopter’s transition into an autonomous air taxi services provider when the time comes, and bolster its efficient maintenance and infrastructure as soon as it becomes operational.

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