Airbus signed an agreement with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency for cooperative research activities in the field of composite materials. This agreement marks the first research cooperation between Airbus and a Japanese aerospace agency. Two areas already identified are vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding evaluation and nondestructive inspection new technology evaluation for composite materials. Airbus also recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to jointly explore and develop application of IAI’s proposed new “Taxibot” concept, a tow-bar-less tractor fitted with hardware and software that enable its use for dispatch towing operations under pilot control. The Taxibot is expected to remove the need to turn on the aircraft’s main engines during taxi, although the aircraft’s auxiliary power unit would need to be activated to supply power to cockpit and cabin systems.