Technologies for the future of vertical flight in the new issue of POLARIS

26 October 2023

Issue no. 49 of "POLARIS Innovation Journal" – now available online – is dedicated to vertical flight and some of the most innovative research conducted by Leonardo in this sector, capable of intercepting the needs of future air transport, within the framework of the dual challenge that we are facing: the digital and ecological transition. In this perspective, the helicopter becomes increasingly "smart", radically changing the concept of air mobility and introducing new ways of moving goods and people in urban areas and beyond.

The latest issue of "POLARIS Innovation Journal" illustrates Leonardo's most recent technologies in the rotary wing sector, projected towards the new frontier of Advanced Air Mobility, the set of innovative transport systems capable of improving the accessibility and mobility of cities, metropolitan areas and territories, as well as the quality of the environment, life, and safety of citizens.

More than thirty years of experience has made Leonardo a global benchmark in the rotary wing sector, with a vast portfolio of products, systems, and services capable of keeping pace with modern mobility’s evolution. From the traditional helicopter to the AW609 tiltrotor, from uncrewed systems such as the AWHERO to the new smart configurations that, in the future, will allow flying over large urban areas, with or without a crew on board.

An evolution made possible by the massive use of digital technology (design via digital twin, artificial intelligence for the analysis of helicopter data, cybersecurity systems), as well as by the study of advanced materials, hybrid/electric propulsion and the improvement of aerodynamics and acoustics.

POLARIS' contribution is divided into six essays that range from machine learning to methodologies for analysing helicopter’s parameters or for evaluating the loads generated by the rotors, from the improvement of the human/machine interface to the study of the interaction between rotor flow, terrain, and machine in the tiltrotor drive system.

The insights published in this issue of POLARIS were also presented at the 79 ͭ ͪ  edition of the Vertical Flight Society’s Annual Forum & Technology Display, one of the most important international conferences on vertical flight, held last May in Florida (U.S.).


Click here to read issue no. 49 of the “POLARIS Innovation Journal” or download the pdf version.