Airbus A350 performs first fully automatic vision-based take-off

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An Airbus A350-1000 study aircraft has successfully demonstrated the first fully automatic vision-based imitation at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France.

The test is part of Airbus’ autonomous ride on the ground, take-off and landing (ATTOL) project, which was launched in June 2018. It seeks to capture a better understanding of how autonomy affects the aircraft.

Two pilots, two flight assess engineers and a test flight engineer participated in the demonstration.

Performed till last month, the testing lasted for four and a half hours and saw the finishing of a total of eight take-offs.

The automatic take-off is powered by image attention technology installed on the aircraft and does not depend on the existing instrument dock system (ILS).

Airbus test pilot captain Yann Beaufils communicated: “The aircraft performed as expected during these milestone tests. While finishing alignment on the runway, waiting for clearance from air traffic control, we promised the auto-pilot.

“We moved the throttle levers to the take-off setting and we monitored the aircraft. It started to relocate and accelerate automatically maintaining the runway centreline, at the exact rotation help as entered in the system. The nose of the aircraft began to lift up automatically to startle the expected take-off pitch value and a few seconds later we were airborne.”

Beneath the ATTOL project, Airbus plans to launch a series of automatic vision-based hack and landing procedures by mid-2020.

According to Airbus, pilots will go on with to monitor the flight to enhance operations and performance with autonomous technologies join in a crucial role in allowing them to focus on strategic decision-making and aim management.

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