Airbus unveiled its next generation of single-aisle aircraft, MAVERIC (Model Aircraft for Validation and Experimentation of Robust Innovative Controls) demonstrator at Singapore Air Show 2020.
The MAVERIC, Airbus’ latest aircraft demonstrator is a game-changing “blended wing body” design, that could generate up to 20% fuel savings and significantly improve the passenger experience.
The blended wing design could provide exceptionally spacious cabin layout.
The current MAVERIC is a 6.5 ft-long 7.5 ft-wide scale model which has been going through remote control flight trials as a proof of concept, to validate the aerodynamics of the proposed shape.
It first flew under a cloud of secrecy in Toulouse in June 2019, with trials continuing through the second quarter of this year.
“The conventional tube-and-wing configuration with wing-mounted engines: it is the iconic aircraft shape that has captured the imagination of aviation enthusiasts for decades. But someday soon, passengers may find themselves travelling in an aircraft that looks nothing like the ones seen on today’s runways.” says Airbus