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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Airbus concludes ATTOL with fully autonomous flight tests
Following an extensive two-year flight test programme, Airbus has successfully concluded its Autonomous Taxi, Take-Off and Landing (ATTOL) project.
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Is autonomy the future of aerial mobility?
Advanced computer vision and machine learning—from sensors to cameras—are rapidly enabling major advances in the development of autonomous technologies in aircraft. In the years to come, autonomy could help the aviation industry to mitigate pilot shortages and safely meet the growing demand in commercial air travel.
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Airbus demonstrates first fully automatic vision-based take-off
Airbus has successfully performed the first fully automatic vision-based take-off using an Airbus Family test aircraft at Toulouse-Blagnac airport. The test crew comprising of two pilots, two flight test engineers and a test flight engineer took off initially at around 10:15 am on 18 December and conducted a total of 8 take-offs over a period of four and a half hours.
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