Published June 30, 2022 | Version v1
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Advancing Cross-Organizational Collaboration in Aircraft Development

  • 1. Royal Netherlands Aerospace Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2. German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of System Architectures in Aeronautics, Hamburg, Germany
  • 3. ONERA/DTIS, Université de Toulouse, Toulouse, France
  • 4. KE-works, Delft, The Netherlands
  • 5. Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands
  • 6. Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Napoli, Italy


Collaboration is a key enabler for the development of modern aircraft and its systems and components. Because of the highly complex and integrated nature of many aircraft systems, effective collaboration requires well-organized, multi-disciplinary, multi-engineer, and multi-organization development processes. These processes require data-driven and computer- supported tools and methodologies. Collaboration may seem as simple as working together, thereby adopting standards and tools, and freely sharing data, information, and knowledge. However, in the development of complex systems such as aircraft, collaboration is not that straightforward. For example, aircraft engineers across disciplines and organizations commonly face challenges such as firewalls, data and tool heterogeneity, and intellectual property protection. In this paper, we review the collaboration challenges, describe how the EU-funded research project AGILE 4.0 addresses these challenges, and detail the application of, and experiences with, AGILE 4.0’s collaboration-enabling technologies.



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AGILE 4.0 – AGILE 4.0: Towards cyber-physical collaborative aircraft development 815122
European Commission