Airbus announced that it had started assembling its first future eco-wing prototype on September 22, 2021, under its Wing of Tomorrow program.
The Wing of Tomorrow program is a significant Airbus research program intended to explore and test new technologies in aerodynamics and wing architecture, as well as manufacturing techniques to meet future demand as the aviation sector emerges from the pandemic.
“Wing of Tomorrow, a crucial part of Airbus’ R&T portfolio, will help us assess the industrial feasibility of future wing production,” said Sabine Klauke, Airbus Chief Technical Officer.
Under the program, Airbus plans to manufacture three full-size prototype wings. The first focuses on understanding system integrations; the second will be used for structural testing and mathematical modeling, and the third is intended to study industrial modeling.
“High-performing wing technology is one of several solutions – alongside sustainable aviation fuels and hydrogen – we can implement to contribute to aviation’s decarbonization ambition,” added Klauke.
Airbus said the three wing demonstrators will cover more than 100 new technologies within the manufacturing and assembly sectors to make aviation more sustainable.