ILA Berlin stands for Innovation and Leadership in Aerospace. As a global innovation-leader, Airbus has introduced its newest technology from the 25th to the 29th of April in Germany's capital. In the coming years, these technologies will be crucial in contributing to Europe's connectivity and security capabilities, as well as to emissions and noise reduction.
Progress with CityAirbus - A model of a battery-powered electric aircraft for the passenger transport of the future will be on display. It can take-off and land vertically and should, in a later version, fly autonomously. CityAirbus will be designed to transport up to four people over congested mega-cities in a fast, affordable and environmentally-friendly way. The first flight is planned for December 2018.
Solar energy with Zephyr - The solar-powered unmanned drone with a 25-meter wingspan, that can remain in the sky for a week without the need for stopovers, could become an alternative to commercial satellites.
Saving lives with Racer - the future high-speed helicopter. A model of the helicopter will be on display at the booth of the European Clean Sky Programme. An innovative "box wing" design, designed for aerodynamic efficiency, will provide lift in cruise mode while protecting passengers during ground operations from the 'pusher' lateral rotors designed to generate thrust in forward flight. Racer imagines new possibilities, including for medical emergencies and rescue missions.