Airbus Maveric, presented at Singapore Airshow 2020 (photo / video)
At the Singapore Airshow 2020, a fully fledged aeronautical event in Singapore (February 11-16, 2020), Airbus introduced Maveric. This is a prototype aircraft with wings blended with the "blended wing body" fuselage.
It's kind of like Flying-V, the concept plane developed by KLM and Delft University of Technology. Let's not forget about Concord, which was known as the DELTA aircraft.
Airbus says that a Maveric aircraft can reduce fuel consumption by up to 20% compared to a classic single-aisle aircraft. The Maveric prototype is 2 meters long and 3.2 meters wide, and the wings and fuselage come together in a common form. As you can see, the propulsion is provided by 2 engines located at the rear of the aircraft. At the same time, such an aircraft can offer new experiences to passengers.
The Airbus Maveric project began in 2017. The concept aircraft took off for the first time in June 2019, and ground and flight tests will continue until the middle of this year.
But Airbus has introduced not only a prototype aircraft, but also some new technologies that can revolutionize the aerospace industry. Through the AirbusUpNext program, Airbus invests in research and development. It also has a few bold designs, such as: E-FAN X (hybrid-electric propulsion), fello'fly (V-shaped flight) and ATTOL (take-off and landing of an autonomous taxi).