The Toulouse start-up Beyond Aero unveils its light hydrogen aircraft project

G1 Aviation microlight aircraft Beyond Aero © G1 Aviation

In the aeronautical field, hydrogen propulsion is on the rise. All over the world, aeronautical groups are embarking on more or less realistic projects. But this effervescence also leaves the field open to many start-ups wishing to offer innovative solutions in a market in full construction..

This is the case of Beyond Aerospace, a young shoot from Toulouse which wishes to fly a first demonstrator from 2022, recently unveiled to our colleagues from The gallery. Beyond that, Beyond Aero wants above all to find a place in the market for small business jets.

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Founded in 2020 by two former students of ISAE-SUPAERO and École Polytechnique, the young company Beyond Aero recently unveiled its hydrogen-powered single-seat demonstrator project, called Blériot. The latter will be based on a ULM G1, an ultralight aircraft designed in France, and highly appreciated for its flight qualities and its ability to perform short takeoffs and landings. If the G1 is equipped with a traditional heat engine, Beyond Aero wants to retrofit it with a propulsion chain of its own design.

Thus transformed, the ULM will have a hydrogen tank, a fuel cell and an electric motor. According to Eloa Guillotin, co-founder and president of Beyond Aero, interviewed by The galleryit will then be ” one of the first hydrogen demonstrators in Europe capable of boarding passengers “. The Blériot will have a carrying capacity of one person.

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Business aircraft: a market to seize

Le Blériot presents itself as the logical continuation of operations for the young company. Beyond Aero has indeed already cleared the concept of hydrogen propulsion through a first remote-controlled prototype of 3 m wingspan. The transition, next year, to a first piloted aircraft, is an essential step in order to be able to demonstrate the viability of the concept, explore the technological axes and raise new funds.

If the Blériot is adapted from an existing microlight, Beyond Aero ultimately aims to develop its own aircraft, the design of which would revolve around the hydrogen propulsion system and its constraints. The market targeted by the company is that of small business jets with two to seven seats, with a long range – of the order of a thousand kilometres. It would then come to be inserted between taxis and eVTOL with electric propulsion, less autonomous, and regional planes with hydrogen propulsion, capable of carrying between ten and one or two hundred passengers.

Source : The gallery

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