Aerospace & Defense

Airtificial shares its conclusions from the ROSSI programme with technical professionals from the aeronautical industry

Seville, 22nd December 2022. Airtificial, a well-known company for its expertise in the development of flight control sticks, shared its preliminary conclusions of the ROSSI (Robotic Test System for Active Inceptors) project to technical professionals from the aeronautical industry the 8th of November. In a workshop organised in Seville by the Aerospace & Defence division, in charge of the European programme, the Airtificial division made a presentation of this new concept of robotic cell for testing active inceptors, focusing on the haptic performance of the flight control sticks.

The new active inceptors (flight control sticks) bring new functionalities but, above all, haptic behaviour that improves the flight experience and pilot coordination. This translates in pilots feeling their sense of touch stimulated through resistance in form of vibrations or good feedback in flight. With this technology, the crew beneficiate from an upgrade level of feedback from the aircraft, as it’s communicating through the flight stick.

The new robotic cell of the test bench allows for a better tuning of the active inceptors by removing the inherent risk of error carried out by human intervention. However, automatic test guarantees the execution of the test sequence exactly as programmed, excluding the possibility of misunderstandings or forgetfulness. Besides, the fact of registering test results automatically removes all possibilities of intentional distortion. All of these address to a more reliable product.

Airtificial showed its preliminary findings on this new concept of robotic cell for testing active inceptors to industry professionals from companies & institutions such as Airbus Defence & Space, the Advanced Centre for Aerospace Technologies (CATEC), or the University of Seville. These new flight control sticks is an area in which Airtificial Aerospace & Defence has a proven track record.

These sticks require new means of testing and validation. The objective of the ROSSI programme is to cover five critical parameters for the optimal design and development of flight control sticks:


The ROSSI project is part of Europe’s ambitious Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking, the consortium of the aeronautics industry and the European Union to develop research activities to drive the next generation of transport modes, ensure sustainable manufacturing of innovative systems and equipment, and pave the way for future transport solutions. From the use of new technologies, concepts, and designs; through intelligent control systems and interoperable standards, to efficient production processes, among other utilities.
This project has received funding from the Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 884426. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the Clean Sky 2 JU members other than the Union.