Airbus has designed and constructed an experimental wing for demonstration purposes to explore different aerodynamic and performance-enhancing technologies for future aircraft. This scaled demonstrator will integrate and fly groundbreaking wing technologies on a Cessna Citation VII business jet platform under flying conditions indicative of real-world scenarios. It would be compatible with any propulsion system and aircraft design, which would further cut down on CO2 emissions. This will contribute considerably to the company’s carbon-reduction goals.
Another example of Airbus’ new technology-oriented solutions to decarbonize the aviation sector is the extra-performing wing demonstrator, says Sabine Klauke, Airbus CTO. Airbus is researching similar options such as infrastructure, flight operations, and aircraft construction, all of which may be used together to improve. Research and practical testing of diverse technologies inspired by bio mimicry will propel us forward in active control research.
To boost flight performance, this prototype extends the span, surface, and shape of its wings. A combination of sensors, such as pop-up spoilers, plate plates, and gust sensors, will be used to
enable the active control of the wing, including the dynamic trailing edge adjustments commonly found on commercial aircraft and a semi-aeroelastic hinge.
As part of its overarching strategy to push the boundaries of future technologies, Airbus has formed its fully owned subsidiary Airbus Up Next, which focuses on producing prototypes and simulations to study, discover, and validate cutting-edge product and service concepts.