Every other day, Airbus introduces a new invention that puts them in front of the curve and makes flying easier, which is crucial for us.
Airbus created a new camera with natural inspiration that enables pilots to see objects in challenging conditions. And provides the Pilots with clear notifications. There will be a lot of activities at the airport at some point, and aircraft movement will also be recorded. This technology aids the pilot in resolving the problem.
Airbus UpNext, a wholly owned subsidiary of Airbus, has started testing new, on-ground and in-flight, pilot assistance technologies on an A350-1000 test aircraft.
Known as DragonFly, the technologies being demonstrated include automated emergency diversion in cruise, automatic landing, and taxi assistance and are aimed at evaluating the feasibility and pertinence of further exploring autonomous flight systems in support of safer and more efficient operations.
— Airbus (@Airbus) January 11, 2023
These 3 cameras allow our #A350 test aircraft to “see” and safely maneuver within its surroundings by reviewing and identifying features in the landscape
During the flight test campaign, the technologies were able to assist pilots in-flight, managing a simulated incapacitated crew member event, and during landing and taxiing operations. Taking into account external factors such as flight zones, terrain and weather conditions, the aircraft was able to generate a new flight trajectory plan and communicate with both Air Traffic Control (ATC) and the airline Operations Control Centre.
Airbus UpNext has also explored features for taxi assistance, which were tested in real-time conditions at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport. The technology provides the crew with audio alerts in reaction to obstacles, assisted speed control, and guidance to the runway using a dedicated airport map.
In addition to these capabilities, Airbus UpNext is launching a project to prepare the next generation of computer vision-based algorithms to advance landing and taxi assistance.
These tests were made possible through cooperation with Airbus subsidiaries and external partners including Cobham, Collins Aerospace, Honeywell, Onera and Thales. DragonFly was partially funded by the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) as part of the French Stimulus plan, which is part of the European Plan, Next Generation EU, and the France 2030 plan.
These 3 cameras allow our #A350 test aircraft to “see” ? and safely manoeuvre within its surroundings by reviewing and identifying features in the landscape… just like a dragonfly! Learn more: https://t.co/5wCsTDB8kq pic.twitter.com/MiEaCIgjbS
— Airbus (@Airbus) January 12, 2023
The Airbus UpNext DragonFly prototype is inspired by the dragonfly’s remarkable vision and cunning flight abilities. The last three months of testing for DragonFly will put its automatic landing technology, pilot support technology, and flightpath capability to the test.