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Star Navigation Systems rolls out Star digital twin

2023-05-10 10:22 ET - News Release

Mr. Anoop Brar reports


Star Navigation Systems Group Ltd. has launched its new innovative product, the Star digital twin technology designed to revolutionize the aviation industry through real-time in-flight analysis, a connected aircraft and artificial intelligence (AI) analytics to develop a live 3-D virtual model of an operating aircraft. Star has filed for a patent with the United States Patent Office (USPTO) as well as the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO).

Star launched the product during a master class held at AFRAA's 11th Aviation Stakeholders Conference held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on May 9, 2023. The patent-pending technology enables airlines to have a real-time virtual window into their aircrafts to enhance operational efficiency, safety and overall customer experience.

Anoop Brar, interim chief executive officer and inventor, shares: "The inspiration for an operational aircraft digital twin technology came from widely used use cases such as operational models in oil and gas, simulation of engine manufacturing, and IoT (Internet of Things) technology. The digital twin is an advanced, data-driven solution that creates a live, connected, virtual replica of an asset by leveraging in-flight data through Star's connected aircraft ecosystem, and by leveraging cloud-based artificial intelligence analytics. Participants at the AFRAA convention were thrilled to learn about the futuristic technology and its potential to digitally transform the aviation industry. The digital twin is a game changer, allowing airlines to remotely access an unprecedented level of information about their aircraft while in flight. We are committed to driving the industry forward through innovation and collaboration, and the launch of the digital twin at the 11th AFRAA convention marks a significant step in that journey."

Star has patented the systems and methods to create a digital twin of an operational aircraft that will provide operators with real-time, remote flight data, and lay the foundation for aviation digital transformation. The effectiveness of the digital twin relies on accurate flight data, seamless connectivity and advanced analytics capabilities. This cutting-edge approach enables a comprehensive analysis of the aircraft's performance and systems, and data analysis that can be unlocked for a wealth of actionable insights to airlines, maintenance crews and regulators.

Star's digital twin technology is built on the foundation of three key processes, which include:

  • In-flight analysis: At its core, the digital twin technology works by continuously collecting and analyzing data from an aircraft's various sensors and systems during flight. These data are then processed in flight onboard Star's edge computer, the STAR-ISMS, using advanced artificial intelligence algorithms. Real-time monitoring and analysis of an aircraft's critical systems, including engine performance, fuel consumption and structural integrity, allow for predictive maintenance and proactive decision-making.
  • The connected aircraft: Seamless integration with existing onboard systems, and a cloud-based data server through satellites and cellular networks, enable real-time data exchange between the aircraft's onboard computers and the ground. Data are automatically stored in cloud-based data servers referred to as data lakes and data warehouses.
  • Software analytics: Advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technologies such as machine learning algorithms process and analyze vast amounts of data from the data lake, identifying patterns and trends, and visualizing the data in 2-D, 3-D, graphical and tabular formats. The ability to analyze and visualize data empowers airlines to remotely monitor their aircraft and optimize their operations, reduce costs and improve the passenger experience.

The launch of digital twin technology is a significant milestone for Star and the aviation industry, as it offers unparalleled insights into an aircraft's performance and condition. By harnessing the power of AI and real-time in-flight analysis, airlines can now pro-actively enhance safety, optimize maintenance and operations.

About Star Navigation Systems Group Ltd.

Star Navigation Systems Group is a Canadian avionics manufacturing company that provides a complete ecosystem of aircraft hardware, software and analytics solutions.

The Star digital twin technology is a virtual model of an asset that offers operators with live remote monitoring and a virtual window into the aircraft. Star manufactures the in-flight safety monitoring system, STAR-ISMS, and the STAR-A.D.S. system, which form the foundation of developing the digital twin technology.

The STAR-ISMS is the world's first in-flight safety monitoring system, which continuously analyzes flight data onboard an aircraft, detects alerts and anomalies, and transmits data to the ground using Iridium satellite system.

The STAR-A.D.S. system is a software analytics dashboard that has capabilities of real-time fleet tracking, live aircraft performance trends and predicting incident-occurrences, which enhances aviation safety and optimizes maintenance and operations, while reducing costs for the operator.

Star's MMI division (military and defence) designs and manufactures high-performance, mission-critical, flight deck flat panel displays for defence and commercial aviation industries worldwide.

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