Airbus unveils its’ ‘blended wing body’ scale model technological demonstrator known as MAVERIC (Model Aircraft for Validation and Experimentation of Robust Innovative Controls).
At 2.0 metres long and 3.2 metres wide, with a surface area of about 2.25 sqm, MAVERIC features a disruptive aircraft design, that has the potential to reduce fuel consumption by up to 20 per cent compared to current single-aisle aircraft.
The blended wing body configuration also opens up new possibilities for propulsion systems type and integration, as well as a versatile cabin for a totally new on-board passenger experience, according to Airbus.
Launched in 2017, MAVERIC first took to the skies in June 2019. Since then the flight-test campaign has been on-going and will continue until the end of Q2 2020.
“Airbus is leveraging emerging technologies to pioneer the future of flight. By testing disruptive aircraft configurations, Airbus is able to evaluate their potential as viable future products,” says Jean-Brice Dumont, EVP Engineering Airbus.
“Although there is no specific time line for entry-into-service, this technological demonstrator could be instrumental in bringing about change in commercial aircraft architectures for an environmentally sustainable future for the aviation industry.”
Through AirbusUpNext, a research programme, Airbus is currently working on a number of demonstrator projects in parallel; E-FAN X (hybrid-electric propulsion), fello’fly (v-shaped ‘formation’ flight) and ATTOL (Autonomous Taxi Take-Off & Landing).