Airbus has just revealed MAVERIC (Model Aircraft for Validation and Experimentation of Robust Innovative Controls), which is the company’s “blended wing body” scale model technological demonstrator. It features a disruptive aircraft design that has the potential to reduce fuel consumption by up to 20% compared to current single-aisle aircraft. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
This special blended wing 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. MAVERIC completed its first test flight in June 2019, and since then, the flight-test campaign has been on-going and will continue until the end of Q2 2020.
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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. 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,” said Jean-Brice Dumont, EVP Engineering Airbus.