in Air Transport

Airbus launches extra high performance wing demonstrator

Posted 23 September 2021 · Add Comment

Airbus has launched an extra-performing wing demonstrator project focused on accelerating and validating technologies that will improve and optimise wing aerodynamics and performance for any future aircraft.

 

The demonstrator is hosted within Airbus UpNext, a wholly-owned Airbus subsidiary created to give future technologies a development fast-track by building demonstrators at speed and scale, in order to evaluate, mature and validate potential new products and services that encompass radical technological breakthroughs.  Image: Airbus

 

This scaled demonstrator will integrate and fly breakthrough wing technologies on a Cessna Citation VII business jet platform in representative flight conditions. The applications of the extra-performing wing would be compatible with any propulsion solution and aircraft configuration and would reduce CO₂ emissions, contributing greatly to Airbus’ decarbonisation roadmap.

 

“Airbus’ extra-performing wing demonstrator is another example of Airbus’ novel technology-oriented solutions to decarbonise the aviation sector,” said Sabine Klauke, Airbus chief technical officer. “Airbus is continuously investigating parallel and complementary solutions such as infrastructure, flight operations and aircraft structure. With this demonstrator, we will make significant strides in active control technology through research and applied testing of various technologies inspired by biomimicry. ”

 

Similar to how an eagle soars, adapting the shape, span and surface of its wings and feathers, this demonstrator allows for increased flight efficiency. Various technology bricks will be investigated to enable the active control of the wing, including: gust sensors, pop-up spoilers or plates that are rapidly deflected perpendicular to airflow, multifunctional trailing edges that dynamically change wing surface in flight and a semi-aeroelastic hinge.

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Gulfstream adds new features to the G280

Gulfstream Aerospace has added several new features and options to the popular super-midsize Gulfstream G280 as investment in the aircraft and interest in the segment continue.

Accelerating the transition of long-haul aviation towards net zero

Rolls-Royce, Airbus and Shell are investing in technology required to achieve the transition of long-haul aviation towards net zero.

Ethiopian Airlines signs interline agreement with Airlink

Ethiopian Airlines has signed an interline agreement with South Africa’s Airlink.

Boeing releases Q3 deliveries

The Boeing Company has announced programme deliveries across its commercial and defence operations for the third quarter of 2021.

Air Cargo needs cooperation, safety, sustainability and modernisation

IATA has urged the air cargo industry to continue working together at the same pace, with the same levels of cooperation as during the COVID-19 pandemic to overcome future challenges and build industry resilience.

Survey reveals impact of pandemic on global aviation leaders

More than 60% of the world’s aviation leaders believe the pandemic will discourage people from joining the aviation sector, according to the first worldwide survey of leaders in aviation since the Covid-19 crisis.

Aviation Africa 2022SK
See us at
DIACC BT0809131121DAS BT2909181121Aviation Africa 2022BTWDS BT1202090322