CERN and Airbus UpNext, a wholly owned subsidiary of Airbus, are launching a project to evaluate how superconductivity can contribute to the decarbonisation of future aircraft systems. The Super-Conductor for Aviation with Low Emissions (SCALE) demonstrator aims to promote the adaptation and adoption of superconducting technologies in airborne electrical distribution systems.

Future aircraft will need to be lighter and more efficient, superconducting systems can help dramatically reduce their weight.
With 40 years of experience in superconducting technology, CERN can help Airbus make the right decision.
A prototype aircraft distribution system will be designed, build and tested at CERN.

Biography of Raphaël Bello, Director of Finance and Human Resources (link).


  • “A retrospective of 60 years’ coverage of magnet technology”, CERN Courier, 2019 (link).
  • “Leadership in superconductors recognised”, CERN Courier, 08 July 2021 (link).


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