Recently introduced at the Singapore Airshow 2020, the MAVERIC (Model Aircraft for Validation and Experimentation of Robust Innovative Controls) is Airbus’s scale model technological demonstrator for a Blended Wing Aircraft. Blended Wing Body concepts are not unheard off, though most have not passed early stages of development or prototyping, Airbus states that the MAVERIC has the potential to reduce fuel consumption by up to 20% compared to current single-aisle aircraft, as well as open up the possibilities for new propulsion systems type and integration, as well as a versatile cabin for a completely new on-board passenger experience. If introduced into service, the MAVERIC will reshape the aviation industry by becoming a disruptive innovation, opening up developments for to integrate and support this potential endeavour.
Developed in secret, the project was launched by Airbus in 2017, with wind tunnel testing being conducted at Airbus’s Filton facility in the United Kingdom. The 2meter long, 3.2meters wide aircraft took to the skies just last year in June, kept under wraps till just last week at the Singapore Airshow 2020.
Due to its manta-ray shaped design, the MAVERIC would allow for a much spacious interior cabin, providing passengers with more leg room as well as wider seats and isle ways. Noise level will be quieter than current conventional aircraft due to the placement of the MAVERIC’s twin engines all the way at the rear of the aircraft.
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Airbus states that flight testing will continue till end Q2 2020, with no specified time frame for the MAVERIC. What we do know for sure is the MAVERIC will be a game changer for the future of aviation by riding on innovative, emerging technologies with social responsibility at its core.