Alessandro Golkar (Airbus) will run a seminar on June 22, from 10 am to 12 am, on the following topic: Unlocking value creation through Systems of Systems thinking: can we create new opportunities through platforms and services?
The aerospace industry is by and large a mature industry that came to the size and growth of what it is today by developing highly complex systems operating reliably in hard or extreme environments. Most of these developments focused on vertical development approaches carried out by traditional divisional organizations structured in aeronautical, space, and defense businesses. Those organizations focused at delivering their products to governments, and other customers able to afford the high development and recurring costs associated with aircraft and space systems. This landscape has been evolving exponentially over the last two decades. Two of the innovations that we observed in the marketplace are the rising importance of aerospace services, and the development efforts associated with those, as well as the decentralization of capital intensive asset utilization via Internet-enabled platforms. In this presentation I will present some ideas on how to use Systems of Systems thinking principles to unlock new opportunities for creating value by looking at the concepts of platforms and services in the context of present and future aerospace systems. Specifically, I will analyze how the interoperability of space and aeronautical assets through a decentralized sharing platform can allow the deployment of profitable aerospace services delivering benefits to both supplier and customer side of the market. I will discuss a concept of operations in the case of satellite federations sharing resources in opportunistic networks. I will review the advantages and limitations of such systems of systems approach, and identify some key enabling technologies needed to achieve this vision. Platforms and services conceived in this way can lower the barrier of access to aerospace to untapped portions of the market, paving the way for new business and the development of new on demand services that could potentially be launched by startup companies and large organizations in the sector.
Alessandro Golkar is Vice President Concurrent Engineering and Head of the Concurrent Design Facility at the Airbus Corporate Technology Office in Toulouse, France. In his role at Airbus, Dr. Golkar contributes to the technology roadmaps and definition of the research and technology portfolio of the Group. He is an Associate Professor at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow, Russia, where he previously served as the Interim Director of the Space Center. Dr. Golkar has a PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, US, and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in astronautics and aerospace engineering from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in Italy. He is a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.