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My job at Airbus

It was an exciting opportunity to work at Airbus UpNext on the VERTEX project in Toulouse. As a visualisation developer, my role was to analyze data passed through the on-board computer and develop visualisation tools for the internal team to use.

I worked with a talented group of engineers and developers who were all dedicated to making the VERTEX project a success. The project itself was focused on developing an autopilot system for general public use that was compatible with helicopters. I was responsible for using Node.JS and C++ with protocol buffers on an NVidia Jetson to develop the visualisation tools that would help our team better understand and analyze the data we were working with. It was a challenging but rewarding experience, and I learned a lot about the importance of clear communication and organization within a team.

Overall, my time at Airbus UpNext was a great experience. I was able to work on a cutting-edge project that has the potential to revolutionize the way helicopters are flown, and I had the chance to work with a talented and passionate group of people. It was a pleasure to be a part of such an exciting project, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of it.


The VERTEX project

Airbus is making waves in the aviation industry with its new VERTEX project, which aims to introduce autonomous features to its helicopter Flightlab. The project, which is being led by Airbus UpNext, an Airbus subsidiary focused on fast-tracking the development of new technologies, aims to simplify mission preparation and management, reduce pilot workload, and increase safety. The VERTEX project will integrate a range of autonomous technology bricks into the Flightlab, including vision-based sensors and algorithms for situational awareness and obstacle detection, fly-by-wire for enhanced autopilot capabilities, and an advanced human-machine interface in the form of a touchscreen and head worn display.

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The VERTEX Project

Together, these technologies will enable the Flightlab to manage navigation and route preparation, automatic takeoff and landing, and the ability to follow a predefined flight path. This is a major step forward in the development of autonomous flight, and has the potential to revolutionize the way helicopters are flown.

While the ultimate goal of the VERTEX project is not to focus on autonomy as an end in itself, but rather to explore autonomous technologies as a means of enhancing future operations and improving aircraft safety, it is clear that the project has the potential to have a major impact on the aviation industry. The incremental integration of these technologies onto the helicopter Flightlab has already begun, with a complete demonstration scheduled for 2023.

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