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AircraftVerse: A Large-Scale Multimodal Dataset of Aerial Vehicle Designs

Adam Cobb · Anirban Roy · Daniel Elenius · Frederick Heim · Brian Swenson · Sydney Whittington · James Walker · Theodore Bapty · Joseph Hite · Karthik Ramani · Christopher McComb · Susmit Jha

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Abstract: We present AircraftVerse, a publicly available aerial vehicle design dataset. Aircraft design encompasses different physics domains and, hence, multiple modalities of representation. The evaluation of these designs requires the use of scientific analytical and simulation models ranging from computer-aided design tools for structural and manufacturing analysis, computational fluid dynamics tools for drag and lift computation, battery models for energy estimation, and simulation models for flight control and dynamics. AircraftVerse contains $27{,}714$ diverse air vehicle designs - the largest corpus of designs with this level of complexity. Each design comprises the following artifacts: a symbolic design tree describing topology, propulsion subsystem, battery subsystem, and other design details; a STandard for the Exchange of Product (STEP) model data; a 3D CAD design using a stereolithography (STL) file format; a 3D point cloud for the shape of the design; and evaluation results from high fidelity state-of-the-art physics models that characterize performance metrics such as maximum flight distance and hover-time. We also present baseline surrogate models that use different modalities of design representation to predict design performance metrics, which we provide as part of our dataset release. Finally, we discuss the potential impact of this dataset on the use of learning in aircraft design, and more generally, in the emerging field of deep learning for scientific design. AircraftVerse is accompanied by a datasheet as suggested in the recent literature, and it is released under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) license. The dataset with baseline models are hosted at, code at, and the dataset description at

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