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How Do You Escape Pilot Purgatory in the World of Aerospace Manufacturing?

Even at a company as well-established as Airbus, with 50 years of history and a successful product line and development process, it can sometimes prove challenging to introduce…

Getting to know Project ADAM UI/UX Designer Mina Gilan

“I believe that improved UI-UX could help make commercial flight more efficient and reduce the industry’s carbon footprint.”

Making Drone Pilots’ Lives Easier: Automating Flight Approvals

“DroneDeploy and Airbus UTM give us an easy in-app way to obtain automated authorizations. I like that I have the consistency with DroneDeploy, and everything is in one place.”…

Manual Data Labeling for Vision-Based Machine Learning and AI

Project Wayfinder's perception and decision-making software—aimed at enabling autonomous flight—heavily relies on vision-based machine learning (ML) algorithms, which require

Getting to know Wayfinder Aerospace Systems Engineer, Anne-Claire Le Bihan

“Working on Wayfinder enables me to leverage my passion for aeronautics and my experience with path planning and controls as well as machine learning to design autonomous flight…

How Machine Learning Models Can Benefit Aerospace Manufacturing

There’s a common misconception around machine learning that it’s a ‘magic’ technology that can be applied anywhere to improve everything. That being said, as a data-heavy industry…

Monark: A Stepping Stone to a Sustainable, Weather-Ready Future

Acubed’s mission is to bring value to Airbus by building the future of flight now. To that end, Project Monark was founded on the belief that by leveraging Airbus’ globally distributed…

The Role of Data Curation and Data Labeling in Vision-Based Machine Learning and AI

While current commercial aircraft already have a high degree of automation, with autopilots that can fly without pilots actively controlling it, additional autonomous systems

Welcome to Ray20

Innovation is a requirement to survive challenging times and to come out of those moments with new ideas and opportunities. In light of that, Acubed is still hard at work and

Closed Loop Autonomous Flight Milestone [VIDEO]

It’s no surprise that amazing achievements are reached when teams work together. This has never been more true than in the case of the incredible milestone recently achieved by…

Here’s to Five Years of Aerospace Innovation

When Acubed was founded back in May 2015, we had a narrow and literal mission: disrupt Airbus and the rest of the aerospace industry before someone else does. As our founding

Getting to know Wayfinder Senior Software Engineer, Jim Vaughan

“We’re really pushing the envelope with autonomous vehicles…the possibility and that element of uncertainty that comes with self-flying planes, makes the work that much more

Lean Aerospace Production Planning in the Age of Physical Distancing

Like much of the world, we’ve been adjusting to social distancing measures over recent weeks—in stores, on public transportation and even at work. In aerospace manufacturing specifically…

Reopening as an Essential Business in the New Normal of COVID-19

As an aerospace company in California, we’ve been categorized as an “essential business” during the COVID-19 crisis. We feel incredibly fortunate to be able to continue our work…

The Potential of Machine Learning Models: Forecasting Amid Unprecedented Uncertainty

Good demand planning and forecasting is all about accuracy. But how do you nail demand planning amid the unprecedented uncertainty of a COVID-19 world? Using the power of machine…

Meet Airbus UTM’s Prototype: The Simulation Tool Helping Shape the UTM Systems of the Future

One of the first efforts kicked off within the Acubed project that became the genesis of Airbus UTM, was the development of a dynamic simulation tool the team called “The Prototype.”…

Understand Precipitation, Better Apprehend the World

As the world slowly works its way through the COVID-19 pandemic and reflects on how it can better ready itself for future outbreaks, the situation also serves as a strong reminder…

A Look At Fairness in UTM Systems

One of Acubed’s earliest projects, now known as Airbus UTM (Unmanned Traffic Management), has recently taken a closer look at the notion of fairness in UTM systems. Why fairness…

Closing This Chapter: Our Learnings On Transforming How People Move

In early 2016, we started Voom with the ambition to democratize access to the skies and transform how people move in urban environments. Over the last four years, Voom has grown…

Today is Not Like Yesterday

When Airbus founded Acubed here in Silicon Valley back in 2015, several people asked why.

Project Monark Goes to Wyoming

As we stated in our first blog post, we already have the technology required to advance our weather knowledge to a new cutting edge of understanding, so it has been immensely

Getting to know Wayfinder Principal Engineer, Carlo Dal Mutto

Why did you join Wayfinder?

Getting to know Wayfinder Software Engineer, Alexandre El Assad

Why did you join Wayfinder?

Event Roundup: Vertical Flight Society and Heli-Expo

Perhaps January felt especially long this year because it was bookended by CES on the front end and Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo at the end, with Vertical Flight…

Our Takeaways from CES 2020: The Future is Greener and Connected

As a first time CES attendee this year, I could not help but think that one’s inaugural trip is like going to Disneyland for the first time when you are five years old. It is

Automatic Takeoff, Wayfinder, and the Next Generation of Aircraft

Airbus has successfully completed the first ever fully automatic takeoff of a commercial aircraft, in a recent demonstration at Toulouse-Blagnac airport. This achievement marks…

A Celebratory, Bittersweet Moment: Vahana’s Final Flight

A Celebratory, Bittersweet Moment: Vahana’s Final Flight

The Cascading Problems Of Not Understanding Weather—And How Aviation Can Solve Them

A community of farmers in Southern Uganda replants their crops next to a nearby river to save them from a drought.

Our Story: Part 4

Here it is - the final post of our timeline series detailing the extraordinary efforts of the Vahana team to take the vehicle from a napkin sketch to the tremendous achievement…

Our Story: Part 3

In this post we continue our timeline-themed recap of the internal monthly updates circulated throughout Airbus as Vahana was built and tested. This year in particular was huge…

Our Story: Part 2

In our 2016 timeline intro blog, we teased the release of our newest series detailing month by month accounts of the behind the scenes efforts that went into making Vahana a reality…

How Autonomy Will Support The Growing Demand for Air Travel

Few emerging technologies embody the promise and wonder of artificial intelligence quite like autonomous vehicles, which have the potential to forever transform the way we move…

Our Story: Part 1

When we first set out to design, develop and test Vahana it seemed like a huge undertaking — especially considering our accelerated timeline. To keep our colleagues throughout…

A Look Inside Vahana Flight Testing

We regularly publish about milestones we reach on our flight test journey, from first flight in January 2018 to full transition in May 2019. We recently completed our 100th flight…

Time Flies: Wayfinder’s One Year Anniversary

It’s hard to believe one year has passed since Wayfinder started. As experts in the innovation of flight you can take it from us - it turns out time really does fly!

Wayfinder: The Video

In this post we’d like to share a visual overview of current Wayfinder initiatives so that our readers can see what our team sees!

An Inside Look at the Paris Air Show from Wayfinder Project Executive Arne Stoschek

Recently Wayfinder’s technology was prominently featured during the Paris Air Show (PAS) at Le Bourget Airport. The display showcased Wayfinder’s technology on Vahana’s Alpha

Flight Test Update: Full Transition

Today I’m excited to share a new video from Vahana. In the video below you’ll see a successful full transition flight, which represents everything we set out to achieve when we…

How Wayfinder is Using Neural Networks for Vision-Based Autonomous Landing

It's a critical skill every student pilot learns before being sent off on their first solo flight: how to land. No navigation instruments are needed—students are taught to look…

Wayfinder's Origin Story

All great teams need an origin story.

Step Inside Alpha Two

In our last post, we shared our incredible milestone of achieving 50 full-scale test flights with Vahana Alpha One, and eagle-eyed readers noticed that we shared a new image of…

Welcome to Wayfinder!

In a world where annual air travel volume is expected to double by 2036 (to 7.8B passengers from 4B in 2017) and the number of pilots cannot scale quickly enough to meet that

Flight Test Update: 50 Flights

As 2019 gets underway, we wanted to provide an update as to where we are at with Vahana’s flight test campaign and what’s ahead. To date we’ve flown 50 full-scale test flights…

Vahana Research: Tiltwing Multi-Rotor Aerodynamic Modeling

Over the course of this blog, we’ve published posts on everything from our approach to autonomy to the thought process that went into Vahana’s design. During this time, many of…

Exploring Control Allocation for eVTOL Vehicles

Imagine yourself in the cockpit of a Cessna, similar to the one shown in the image below. As the pilot, you have the ability to separately control the roll moment by deflecting…

Syntexys and Acubed by Airbus Complete Contract Analytics Technology Transfer

San Jose, Calif., November 29, 2018 - Acubed by Airbus, the advanced projects outpost of Airbus in Silicon Valley, today announced that it has transferred contract analytics technology…

Urban Air Mobility Iconography

At Airbus, we often say that the vehicle is just one part of what will make Urban Air Mobility a reality in the years ahead. These vehicles — ours and others — have become the…

The Next Chapter of Acubed

I’ve been a part of the Acubed family since September 2015, first as a project executive and then as CEO. Being a part of this incredibly energetic and ambitious team has been…

Altiscope, the Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) Group from Acubed by Airbus, Releases Airbus’ Blueprint for the Sky

San Jose, Calif., September 5, 2018 - Altiscope, the Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) group from Acubed by Airbus focused on enabling the future of aviation, today released Blueprint…

Why Direct to Autonomy

Over the last 70 years, many have studied the impact of automation on human activity. From early automation pioneers like Mackworth, who in 1948 studied the phenomena described…

First Flight: Behind-the-Scenes

It’s been almost three months since our first flight, and while the team is busy analyzing data and preparing for the next stage of flight testing, we wanted to share an update…

Voom Infographic: Celebrating One Year in São Paulo

Vahana Design Process Part II: Preparing for Lift-Off

Since we first sketched Vahana on a napkin, we’ve eagerly looked forward to the day we would see our vision become a reality as occurred just a few weeks ago with our first successful…

Bon Voyage Transpose: What's In Store for the Future of Modular Flight at A3 and Airbus

After successful completion of its Alpha phase, Transpose has concluded as a project within Acubed. The technology, research, and prototypes will be integrated into Airbus' core…

Voom Launches in Mexico City

We all know that time flies. Well, Mexico City — Voom is here to help you get some back.

Alpha One Takes to the Skies

There’s an age-old proverb: “you need to see something before you can accept that it really exists,” often condensed to the simpler “seeing is believing.” That phrase certainly…

Vahana, the Self-Piloted, eVTOL aircraft from Acubed by Airbus, Successfully Completes First Full-Scale Test Flight

Milestone in advancing Urban Air Mobility achieved as Vahana celebrates two years since launch

Vahana’s First Flight a Success

Today marks a historic day for Acubed by Airbus and the Vahana team. We can now announce our successful first flight. At 8:52AM on January 31, 2018 in Pendleton, Oregon, our full-scale…

January 2018 Vahana Project Update

It’s a new year and we have exciting updates to share on our progress at Vahana over the past few months. We all knew that designing and building this revolutionary vehicle would…

Exploring Sense-and-Avoid Systems for Autonomous Vehicles

A question we often get is, why doesn’t Vahana have a pilot?

Our Journey to Pendleton

If you’ve been following along with our blog and social media, you’re aware of the Pendleton Hangar, a brand new 9,600 square foot hangar at the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport…

Vahana Project Update

If you’ve been following along here, you surely share our sentiment that now is a very exciting time for Airbus and the entire aerospace industry. Vahana will help usher in a

An Infographic: Voom’s 100-Day Perspective

Today marks Voom’s 100th day of service in São Paulo, Brazil! And, while we are just getting started on our mission of elevating travelers’ daily lives by elevating their daily…

There is more revenue in choice: The business case for Transpose

Since Transpose kicked off in July 2016, we've learned so much as a team. From evolving our engineering and manufacturing process with 3 generations of prototypes in our headquarters…

Vahana: Passenger Experience (Video)

Introducing Voom: Boost Your Commute and Your Life

Imagine soaring over rush-hour traffic on your way to work. This would be a dream come true for anyone who has endured a regular commute in the world’s largest cities. It’s no…

Vahana: The Future of Urban Air Mobility (Video)

Vahana Design Process Part I: Putting Pen to Paper

The concept of personal flight has been a dream of humankind since we first took to the skies. We’ve seen it conceptualized in comic books, television shows, and futuristic sci-fi…

Acubed by Airbus and AUVSI call for cooperation in developing industry standards for urban air mobility

Automated passenger aircraft travel requires public-private cooperation for rapid regulatory approval

Sneak Peek: Behind the Scenes of Our First Module and Aircraft Mockup

What's next for Transpose? We're thrilled to share some in-progress photos from our first full-size module, which we've been building for the past few months. Stay tuned in the…

Reimagining Flight With People at the Center: How Design Thinking Can Change Air Travel

To borrow a phrase from a colleague, everything designers do starts with people. This is especially true here at Transpose, where conversations and research with both passengers…

Vahana Configuration Trade Study — Part II

In Part I of the Vahana Configuration Trade Study we outlined the two configurations selected for in-depth study: an electric helicopter and an electric eight fan tilt-wing. Additionally…

Vahana Configuration Trade Study — Part I

The future of flight is customizable: Introducing Transpose

As consumers, we have endless choices and options to customize when it comes to just about anything, from our mobile phones, the way we purchase goods, and even with the way we…

Rodin Lyasoff Appointed New Chief of Acubed

Toulouse, 11 October 2016 – Airbus Group (stock exchange symbol: AIR) has appointed Rodin Lyasoff as Chief Executive Officer of Acubed, the advanced projects and partnerships

Welcome to Vahana

Project Vahana started in early 2016 as one of the first projects at Acubed, the advanced projects and partnerships outpost of Airbus Group in Silicon Valley. At Vahana, we are…

Airbus Group Appoints Paul Eremenko Chief Technology Officer

Amsterdam, 7 June 2016 – Airbus Group SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) has appointed Paul Eremenko (36) as its Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Eremenko is currently heading the…

Paul Eremenko remarks at the Acubed launch event

Good afternoon! I am Paul Eremenko, I am the CEO of Acubed and I am here to warm you up a little bit for Allan McArtor, our keynote speaker today. But before we get there, I’d…

Airbus Group Becomes Fully Operational in Silicon Valley

Toulouse, 17 January 2016 – Six months after their initial launch, the Silicon Valley-based Ventures fund and the Acubed outpost of Airbus Group (stock exchange symbol: AIR) have…

Are we moving fast enough?

22 June, 2015, Dallas, Texas

Airbus Group Establishes Venture Capital Fund and Innovation Center in Silicon Valley

Toulouse, 29 May 2015 – Airbus Group (stock exchange symbol: AIR) is establishing a Corporate venture capital fund, dubbed Airbus Group Ventures, as well as a technology and business…