Scenario futuro, from Hpc to global monitoring: Leonardo and its cutting-edge technologies. The digital twin of helicopters

29 September 2022

The ‘Scenario Futuro’ series comes to a close with an article on the digital twin Leonardo applies in the helicopter field, an incredibly powerful virtual representation tool, largely made possible by the calculation and analysis capabilities provided by today’s supercomputer or cloud technologies. Developments that allow for an ever-more effective response to the need to predict the behaviour of a system in a wide variety of operating conditions, be it a car, plane, satellite, or industrial plant. All technologies that Leonardo is developing to manage the helicopter’s life cycle and improve design, production processes, and mission outcomes.

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Over the past month, five ‘Scenario Futuro’ longform, multimedia articles published on ItalianTech, the technology hub of the Repubblica group, have revealed the operational aspects of some of the company's most innovative technological fields, covering themes that represent the symbolic and complex challenges of the digital age: innovation, digitalisation, sustainability, and the creation of new technologies

The journey began with the davinci-1 supercomputer, one of the most powerful HPC applications in the Aerospace and Defence sector in the world and the digital spine of Leonardo. The heart of the Leonardo Labs network, the computer is able to accelerate the technological processes of all the company's industrial nuclei.

Meanwhile, an article on the Space Economy explored the complex universe of Earth observation and surveillance to discover tangible applications that range from the chemical-physical analysis of elements and the millimetric displacement of infrastructures, right the way through to the study of meteorological agents. 

Technology and digital applications are also revolutionising the agricultural sector and the way fields are cultivated by the companies in the sector. The longform article on precision agriculture examined the monitoring and analysis system that makes it possible to observe every stage of the crop growth cycle, for a more sustainable, productive, and efficient agricultural production process. 

The fourth theme focused on the materials of the future, particularly advanced thermoplastic matrix materials and how these will change the face of entire industrial sectors, ensuring greater efficiency, innovation, and sustainability. 

Technological innovation and digitisation are key elements in tackling the challenges of the future. Investing in complex innovation projects for the sustainable transformation of new technological cycles is the point of departure guiding the journey that Leonardo has outlined in its Be Tomorrow - Leonardo 2030 plan. By talking about technology and the people behind the company's innovation processes, Scenario Futuro has opened a window on the development dynamics within Leonardo and its role as the country's technological spearhead.

The HPC davinci-1 and the supercomputer alliance that speeds up digitalisation

Digital transformation, the new supercomputing hub and Leonardo's contribution to High Performance Computing are the focus for the first longform.

From climate to health, the value of space in the data-driven era

Space economy, Earth observation and monitoring, are the focus of the second longform explaining how space research is at the heart of development strategies that will change our lives.

Precision agriculture to save resources and improve production

How Leonardo contributes to the field of precision agriculture with services and solutions for monitoring the entire crop growth cycle.

From engineering to chemistry: materials of the future

How advanced thermoplastic matrix materials will change the face of entire industry sectors, starting with Leonardo.