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Airbus Demonstrators

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Airbus Demonstrators

Flying future technologies today

At Airbus Demonstrators, 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.

E-Fan X

E-Fan X

This 2MW hybrid-electric flight demonstrator is the world's first. It integrates the key technology bricks for new hybrid-electric propulsion concepts. E-Fan X contributes to achieving our commitment to meet the European Union's FlightPath 2050 objectives.

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.

Automated Formation Flight

Automated Formation Flight

The Automated Formation Flight project is working to enable aircraft to surf the upwash of air created by another aircraft’s aerodynamic vortex. The aim is to demonstrate significant fuel savings in airline operations. The next flight tests will take place by mid-2020.

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