Joby Aviation, a California-based company developing electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles for commercial passenger service, announced on Wednesday the acquisition of Avionyx, an aerospace software engineering company, during the TechCrunch: Mobility sessions.
The companies did not disclose the terms of the deal, but Joby said it was a get-hire, meaning Avionyx personnel will join Joby. It also probably means that it was a combination of actions and actions.
Joby’s piloted five-seat eVTOL aircraft can carry four passengers at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour, with a maximum range of 150 miles on a single charge, the company said.
Taking over Avionyx, a company with more than 30 years of experience in the aerospace environment that has been working with Joby since last year, allows Joby to do what many companies try to do: integrate vertically.
Software verification is key to meeting FAA regulations and standards because it allows engineers to review, analyze and test software deployed on the aircraft, according to Joby. It also ostensibly helps avoid vehicle crashes, like the one currently being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board based on a Joby plane crash in February.
By not relying on third parties, Joby can also be more flexible in managing its platform, respond with agility to challenges and apply learnings more quickly, according to the company.
Gary Gysin, CEO of Wisk Aero, another eVTOL company that focuses on autonomous flight operations, disagreed with Simi on stage during the TC: Mobility sessions on the benefits of vertical integration, saying that not owning all the components would actually give Wisk a faster path to market, so it looks like the game is on. However, since Wisk isn’t targeting manned rides, Gysin admitted that Joby’s plane would likely reach the skies before Wisk’s. Joby is aiming for the air carpooling service in 2024.
Avionyx’s experience in the industry will be able to help Joby advance the operations of its vehicle software integration lab in Marina, Calif., where Joby uses flight simulators and hardware to quickly perform thousands of pre-programmed tests to validate and verify the performance of its various aircraft. software systems. The company said a similar facility will be set up in San Jose, Costa Rica, where Avionyx is from, to expedite these software verification efforts.
In addition to supporting Joby’s FAA certification program, Avionyx, an AS-9100D certified supplier, will continue its work on behalf of the wider aviation community.