Airbus has unveiled to the public the autonomous aircraft it uses to research and develop unmanned technologies. The research program began two years ago, and now Airbus has said it has successfully completed both landing and takeoff.
Basically, at the end of the project, Airbus obtained an autonomous taxi, by taking off and landing the commercial aircraft completely automatically, based on vision, using the image recognition technology on board. The technology would be the first in the world, according to Airbus representatives.
A total of 500 test flights were performed, of which 450 were dedicated to the collection of raw video data, to support and optimize algorithms, while a series of six test flights, including five takeoffs and landings per round, were used to test autonomous flight capabilities.
The project, called ATTOL, was initiated by Airbus to investigate how autonomous technologies, including the use of machine learning algorithms and automated tools for data labeling, processing and model generation, could help pilots focus less on operations. aircraft and more on strategic decision making and mission management.
With this test, Airbus has the ability to closely analyze the potential of these autonomous technologies, along with other innovations in the field such as materials, alternative propulsion systems and connectivity.
Using these opportunities, Airbus opens up possibilities for creating new business models that will transform the way aircraft are developed, manufactured, flown, powered and maintained.
However, the company acknowledges the merits of all, stating that the tests were possible with the help of several employees, under the leadership of Airbus UpNext. The testing was done by a global team, divided into several specialized teams.