What about a radio-control system that can remotely seal doors and inspection hatches—up to 32 on an Airbus? While the idea sounds perfectly relevant, providing the technology is available, it did not make it to product launch. Potential customers were not willing to pay the price. This was one of the first ideas Airbus BizLab, the airframer’s business-accelerator division, supported when it was created in 2015. That lack of success did not challenge the BizLab’s raison ...

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