Airbus launches high performance wing demonstrator
September 30, 2021 - Airbus is researching an “extra-performance wing” capable of changing shape during flight as part of efforts to make future aircraft more efficient and reduce carbon emissions.
The proposed new wing would include various technologies, including “pop-up spoilers” or wing surfaces to alter its profile and get the best performance, just as a bird twists its feathers, Airbus officials said.
The company will test the technology under Airbus UpNext, a subsidiary which concentrates on research and development of future technologies.
Airbus aims to fly the extra-performance wing demonstrator aircraft by the middle of the decade.