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Boeing's Wisk Aero Buys Software Firm to Accelerate Air Taxi Ambitions

The acquisition pushes Wisk’s autonomous certification effort.

Wisk air taxi.
Wisk air taxi.

Wisk Aero, an Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company, announced it has acquired Verocel, a software verification and validation (V&V) company. Verocel’s expertise in supporting the certification of high-integrity aerospace software and the qualification of V&V tools will play a key role in Wisk’s ongoing effort to certify its Generation 6 autonomous, electric air taxi.

For the past 25 years, the Verocel team has been leading the V&V of high-integrity software products within the aerospace industry. The team has deep expertise in DO-178C and are members of industry standards committees for high-integrity software including RTCA/Special Committee, EUROCAE Working Group, and the FAA’s Overarching Properties Working Group. Additionally, the qualified Verocel toolset – VeroTrace – provides a baseline for software certification requirements definition, tracking, and FAA submittals. This specialty expertise creates an enduring capability at Wisk that supports both the certification of the Generation 6 aircraft as well as future software developments at The Boeing Company.

Verocel was founded in 1999 and has a proven history with over 160 projects for 25+ customers including previous work with The Boeing Company. In addition to software development and V&V services, Verocel also develops and produces the safety computers for the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), an air navigation system that enhances GPS accuracy and integrity to enable aircraft to safely navigate all over the world today. Over 50 highly specialized software engineers, based in Westford Massachusetts and Poznan, Poland, join Wisk through this acquisition.

Verocel will continue to deliver against customer commitments in addition to ramping up on the Wisk Generation 6 certification program.

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