Airbus has revealed MAVERIC (Model Aircraft for Validation and Experimentation of Robust Innovative Controls) its “blended wing body” scale model technological demonstrator.
At two meters long and 3.2 meters wide, with a surface area of about 2.25m², MAVERIC features a disruptive aircraft design, that has the potential to reduce fuel consumption by up to 20% 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.
Launched in 2017, MAVERIC first took to the skies in June 2019. Since then the company says 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,” said 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