As Airbus’ Silicon Valley innovation centre, Acubed is building the future of the aerospace industry by pursuing high-value, high-impact innovation projects to enable the next age of aviation.


Acubed is Airbus' first innovation centre. It is ideally located in Silicon Valley, the world’s leading innovation hub and home to many of the world’s largest high-tech companies and start-ups. Acubed drives innovation by focusing on technical domains in which Silicon Valley enjoys a clear competitive advantage, including artificial intelligence, autonomy, data analytics, rapid prototyping and digital communications.


Its mission is three-fold:

  • To build the future of flight now
  • To leverage world-class talent within the Silicon Valley ecosystem
  • To partner with and provide value to many different Airbus teams


Acubers are engineers, designers and world-class experts who take a multidisciplinary approach to intellectual discovery. They love working with their eyes wide open in a world without boundaries. Curious and passionate, they are committed to out-of-box thinking to deliver innovation in the fastest, most agile way possible.


San Fran Wayfinder


This scalable and certified machine-learning solution for autonomous flight enables self-piloted aircraft operation, from small urban vehicles to commercial airplanes.


Advanced Digital Design and Manufacturing (ADAM)

This digital platform is transforming aerospace design and manufacturing to drastically reduce aerospace product lead times and production costs.

RAY 20


This project is building an “Aircraft as a Sensing System” to provide high-quality, high-cadence images and analytics.

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Airbus UTM

This multi-functional team works to enable a more modern and scalable approach to air traffic management so new aerial vehicles can safely enter and share our future skies.

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Discover the Innovation Ecosystem at Airbus

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Innovation ecosystem

Leveraging collective intelligence to deliver results

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Airbus UpNext

Flying future technologies today

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Airbus China Innovation Centre

Fast-tracking innovation in the heart of China

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Airbus Scale

Scaling aerospace innovation for business value

Airbus Flightlab

A flying laboratory to deliver proof of concept


Airspace Explorer

Pioneering the future flying experience

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Airbus Ventures

Investing in innovative aerospace start-ups


Airbus Cyber Innovation

A cutting-edge approach to cybersecurity research


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Airbus Defence and Space and the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Airbus UpNext, have achieved in-flight autonomous guidance and control of a drone using an A310 MRTT.
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