Airbus UpNext

Airbus UpNext

Flying future technologies today

Airbus UpNext focuses on flying future technologies at speeds well beyond what seems feasible today. In doing so, it is actively shaping the future of the aerospace industry.


Airbus UpNext uses demonstrators as the principal means of evaluating, maturing and validating new products and services that encompass radical technological breakthroughs.


Its mission is:

  • To identify the trends that could disrupt the future of the aerospace industry and evaluate them to demonstrate their potential as a viable product,
  • To accelerate traditional research cycles and prototype development to achieve proof of concept in a real environment and at a convincing scale and speed,
  • To develop real-world applications for emerging aerospace technologies, thereby driving their maturity and increasing their value. 

Past achievements

E-Fan X

E-Fan X

E-Fan X is a major milestone on Airbus' decarbonisation journey. This first-of-its-kind demonstrator has provided invaluable learnings on serial hybrid-electric propulsion.

Reliable Connected Fleet

Reliable Connected Fleet

This programme developed connectivity architecture by combining dependable and secure communications with superior service quality.

Latest news

Airbus to test advanced autonomous features on helicopter Flightlab


Cryogenics and superconductivity for aircraft, explained

World-class alternative-propulsion testing starts here

A flying laboratory for future technologies

Airbus joined by European partners to demonstrate reduced emission fello’fly operations


How a fello'fly flight will actually work

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