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Airbus UpNext

Airbus UpNext

Flying future technologies today

At Airbus UpNext, we fly future technologies at speeds that go well beyond what seems feasible today. In doing so, we are actively shaping the future of the aerospace industry.

Mission

We use flight demonstrators as the principal means of evaluating, maturing and validating new products and services that encompass radical technological breakthroughs.

Our 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. 

Projects

ATTOL

ATTOL

The Autonomous Taxi, Take-off and Landing (ATTOL) project works to leverage computer vision technologies and techniques to enable commercial aircraft to navigate and detect obstacles during taxi, take off, approach and landing. Autonomous flight tests are expected in mid-2020.

Reliable Connected Fleet

Reliable Connected Fleet

This programme aims to revolutionise connectivity architecture by combining dependable and secure communications with superior service quality. The final demonstration will go live in 2019.

TELEO

TELEO

This programme aims to provide seamless smart routing in satellite constellations (LEO and GEO). TELEO will also boost ground-to-space communication data rates thanks to ultra-high throughput optical links. Flight demonstration is expected by end-2021.

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