DragonFly Demonstrator - Autonomous Landing Designer (m/f)

Airbus ExO Autonomy SAS (Toulouse, France) Publié il y a 12 jours

Job Description:

Airbus UpNext is actively shaping the future of aerospace by using flying demonstrators to evaluate, mature and validate new products and services.

Designed as a talent incubator, Airbus UpNext is a place where you can act and think like a startup while building on the strong expertise of Airbus, a place where you are empowered to challenge and test new processes and ways of working. 

Our mission is:

  • To identify the trends that could disrupt the future of the aerospace industry and evaluate them to demonstrate their potential as a viable product.

  • To accelerate traditional research cycles and prototype development to achieve proof of concept in a real environment and at a convincing scale and speed.

  • To develop real-world applications for emerging aerospace technologies, thereby driving their maturity and increasing their value.

  • To be THE reference for Technology Value Assessment

Our Values: #Keep it Simple #Act as one Team #Be Audacious

Our DNA: #Speed of Execution #Bold Experimentation #Outward Looking

Description of Airbus Upnext DragonFly Demonstrator

UpNext launches a new flight demonstrator, Airbus Upnext DragonFly, to go a step further to pave the way for autonomous flights on commercial aircraft.

In particular, this demonstrator aims to demonstrate the ability to ensure safe flight back and landing.

All the outcomes of this demonstration will contribute to preparing more autonomous aircraft of the next decade.

On top of these technical challenges, this demonstration has to be achieved in less than 30months.

Team spirit, proactivity and pragmatism will be the key ingredients to make this unique journey successful.

Main missions:

DragonFly team is searching for a Specialist (m/f) to design, develop and test an on-board solution that autonomously provides a safe path to a destination enabling the aircraft to safely land.

As such, you will have to:

  • Research, design, mock-up, implement (or specify) and validate the features enabling to fly safely the aircraft to the airport landing without pilot action.

  • Work with pilots and air traffic controllers to identify the operational constraints and consolidate and validate the operational concept

  • Work with academic teams to find out the best algorithmic solutions for decision making and trajectory generation

  • Contribute to enhance the simulation environment to enable mass testing. Set up solutions to improve testing efficiency (more efficient scenarios choice and results analysis)

The job holder will also take part in the design, implementation, validation and flight clearance of solutions enabling to propose relevant taxi paths to the pilot.

You are passionate about aeronautics, looking for an incredible journey that will enable you to grow your ideas from mathematical concepts to flying solutions, motivated by the challenge and ready to constantly learn and to develop yourself and the others, this project could be yours joining the DragonFly team.

Duration of the mission:

The mission will last till the flight tests campaign and the associated reports, roughly 24 months.

Note that the contract for this position is a CDIC (Contrat Durée Indéterminée de Chantier), limited term contract for the duration of the project (estimated 24 month).

Your Boarding Pass (Required skills):

As the successful candidate you will be able to demonstrate some or all of the following skills and competencies:

  • Educated to Master's degree level in Data Science and/or Aeronautical Engineering

  • Skills in automated decision-making

  • Skills in trajectory construction and path finding

  • Data science knowledge with experience of its application to mass testing results analysis.

  • Knowledge of Flight management systems, navigation function and geodesic equations (WGS84)

  • Knowledge of flight mechanics and aircraft performance would be a plus

  • Knowledge of Aircraft operations and  ATM

  • Knowledge of aeronautical databases (terrain, obstacle, NDB)

  • Knowledge of taxi operation, airport databases and airport navigation functions would be a plus.

  • Knowledge of Overall System Design, knowledge of Airbus avionics & systems architecture would be a plus

  • Ability to work in integrated team with AGILE method

  • Negotiation level in English is required

This job requires an awareness of any potential compliance risks and a commitment to act with integrity, as the foundation for the Company’s success, reputation and sustainable growth.


Airbus ExO Autonomy SAS

Contract Type:

Fixed term Contract / CDD / Befristet / Contrato de duración limitada

Experience Level:

Professional / Expérimenté(e) / Professionell / Profesional

Job Family:


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