eVTOL | Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing

Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing


Driving the Electrical Transportation Revolution

The pressing need for better, more eco-friendly mobility and more efficient electrical transportation brings a range of challenges to industry as they develop new, safer, and more affordable electrical aircraft. eVTOL is the future of air mobility, and OPAL-RT’s goal is to provide real-time simulation systems and expertise allowing engineers to address the two major factors currently affecting eVTOL product development: increasing system complexity and time from design to market.

For over 20 years, OPAL-RT has worked with major transportation manufacturers and emerging players in the testing and development of innovative technologies, allowing engineers to design, test, and validate their models, controllers, and components in real time . Now, it is time to leverage the next generation of electrical aircraft.

Addressing the Challenges of eVTOL Testing

OPAL-RT provides not only simulator and software’s platforms fully integrated with MATLAB/Simulink® and NI platforms, but also an expert assistance for the performance of complex studies requiring advanced knowledge of modeling, simulation, and highly specialized testing.

Whether you need to design, test, or validate a motor drive control, battery management system, real power components, or controllers through an Iron Bird, OPAL-RT provides high fidelity Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) and Power Hardware-in-the-Loop (PHIL) systems to help you achieve your goals, while reducing development time and cost.


Our real-time solution easily migrates existing physical testbeds onto real-time HIL simulation platforms for testing your BMS. Click to learn more.


Test Real EV Inverters, DC-DC Converters, Battery Packs Safely, among others. Click to learn more.


Accurate and precise FPGA Electric Machine Real-Time Simulation. Click to learn more.


Discover OPAL-RT's FPGA-based Power Electronics Toolbox. Click to learn more.


Discover all protocols tailored to your application. Click to learn more.


OPAL-RT systems are flexible and open enough to integrate each subsequent new technology as it is introduced to the vehicle, from data fusion and deep learning to new sensors such as LIDAR. Click to learn more.

Why Choose OPAL-RT?

As a result of our extensive experience in power electronic simulations, OPAL-RT has the right tools to push forward the testing and validations of eVTOLS, and succeed in getting certified by the aviation regulatory agencies, such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

eVTOL testing solution - Accurate and Precise

Accurate and Precise

OPAL-RT's FPGA Electric Machine Library includes a power electronic and motor library to simulate all components forming the eVTOL electrical motor drive system with high fidelity.

eVTOL tesing solution - Accelerate Development

Accelerate Development

OPAL-RT provides a complete range of Rapid Control Prototyping (RCP) solutions to help quickly develop, iterate and test control strategies at the design stage.

eVTOL testing - Reduce Risk, Increase Safety

Reduce Risk, Increase Safety

Perform the most dangerous testing scenarios worry-free, further enhancing the safe operation of your system.

How HIL is Accelerating Electric Transportation

Transportation manufacturers and suppliers are always seeking decreased production costs and more rapid time-to-market. In this presentation, Dr. Youcef Abdelli, CTO at ZeroAvia explains how Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) simulation systems provide ZeroAvia with a flexible and comprehensive development, test, and validation environment for their Renewably-Powered Hydrogen-Electric Aviation project.

Proud Users of OPAL-RT

eVTOL Testing; Electrifying Flight Success Story

Success Story | Electrifying Flight

OPAL-RT solutions are used to rapidly test not only eVTOLS, but also current eCTOLS (Electric conventional take-off and landing) aircrafts. In this success story, learn how magniX used HIL simulation to rapidly test an electric propulsion controller software in preparation for the test flights of eBeaver and eCaravan aircrafts. Both motor and inverter hardware were simulated, so that the control software running on the prototype controller module could be integrated and validated.

"We decided to use OPAL-RT from among other choices of HIL systems because of their widespread research and industry use, fast and accurate emulation of the complex power electronics hardware and great customer support."
Akshat Yadav, Power Electronics Engineer at magniX


OPAL-RT's eVTOL simulation testing solution is compatible with OPAL-RT and NI systems.

The OP5707XG offers an unequaled level of FPGA performance and optical connectivity to meet top-level requirements.

The PXI combines PCI electrical-bus features with the modular, Eurocard packaging of CompactPCI and further adds specialized synchronization buses and key software features.

OPAL-RT: The Partner You Can Trust

eVTOL Testing Partner OPAL-RT - world leader in HIL and PHIL

The world leader in HIL and PHIL

Unparalleled expertise in PC/FPGA-based Real-Time Digital Simulators, Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) testing equipment, and Rapid Control Prototyping (RCP) systems.

eVTOL testing partner - Over 20 years in the transportation industry

Over 20 years in the transportation industry

OPAL-RT has develop groundbreaking solutions for major OEM, tier-ones and emerging players in the testing and development of 21st-century automotive technologies.

eVTOL testing partner - Thorough, unwavering support

Thorough, unwavering support

From day one until your test bench is performing flawlessly, our expert technical support team will be there to help you solve your greatest engineering challenges.

Could the current power grid handle the required electrical infrastructure demands?

There are many challenges to be overcome before the world can benefit from this exciting new form of air mobility. Current EV charging stations are not able to support the necessary bandwidth in terms of the power required for an eVTOL.

In the near future, it will be crucial that utilities provide high-demand and fast charging, high capacity energy tools in order to properly charge eVTOLS. OPAL-RT's power grid simulation solutions, mainly based on EMT and Phasor analysis, could easily and flexibly study these new grid challenges. Learn more >

eVTOL Testing Fast Charging

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