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Bee-Plane Project

Please find Bee-Plane project documentation.
Bee-Plane is a medium-range aircraft with detachable fuselage. It is a collaborative R&D project at TRL2

TRL3 Beeplane projects and objectives

  • Start the scale mock-up of the bee plane TRL3
  • Complete Bee-Plane TRL 3 in 5 active years of collaborative work
  • Launch academic projects for 2021/22 and next years
  • Find adequate public funding scheme with an European consortium
  • Find new academic and industrial partners

TRL2 Beeplane projects and objectives

  • Start the scale mock-up of the bee plane TRL2
  • Complete Bee-Plane TRL 2
  • Launch academic projects for 2018/2019
  • Find adequate public funding scheme with an European consortium
  • Find new academic and industrial partners

TRLs - Technological Readiness Levels

TRL2 has started within an extented R&D consortium
Aircraft design by Design Hamza Fouatih

  • Bee-Plane TRL 1, Year 2012, all docs from TRL1, work done during 2012/2013 by 4 french engineering universities

Bee-Plane Project: A Deep Dive into Detachable Fuselage Aircraft

Introduction The Bee-Plane project is an innovative venture that aims to redesign the conventional airplane structure by introducing a medium-range aircraft with a detachable fuselage. Spearheaded at TRL2 (Technological Readiness Level 2) and aiming for TRL3, the project has been a collaborative effort involving a European consortium and multiple academic and industrial partners. The project operates under the Lesser Open Bee License v1-3 and has been part of several academic projects over the years.

Advantages Flexibility in Cargo and Passenger Transport One of the major advantages of Bee-Plane's detachable fuselage is the flexibility it brings to both cargo and passenger transport. Instead of a singular, fixed structure, operators can switch between cargo and passenger modules depending on demand.

Speedy Turnaround The time required to load and unload an airplane is significantly reduced with a detachable fuselage. By preparing modules in advance, the turnaround time at airports could be minimized, leading to better operational efficiency.

Cost-Efficiency From a supply chain perspective, modular design could result in cost savings over the life cycle of the aircraft. Reduced turnaround time can lead to higher asset utilization, reducing per-unit costs of operation.

Customization The detachable fuselage allows for a more customized flying experience. Different fuselage modules can be designed with unique interiors, catering to various customer demands, from economy to luxury travel.

Disadvantages Safety Concerns A detachable fuselage introduces a new set of engineering challenges, specifically concerning the safety and reliability of the detachment and reattachment mechanisms. Failures could be catastrophic.

Operational Complexity From a supply chain standpoint, managing multiple detachable fuselages may introduce complexity into operations. Inventory, maintenance, and scheduling become more complicated tasks requiring advanced optimization models.

Regulatory Hurdles Such a significant change to aircraft design will face stringent regulatory scrutiny, potentially slowing down the adoption of the technology.

Cost of Development Achieving TRL3 and beyond would require substantial investments in R&D. Finding adequate public and private funding is a critical task for the project's success.

Future Prospects and Objectives Complete Bee-Plane TRL 3 in the next 5 active years of collaborative work. Engage with academic projects for 2021/22 and subsequent years. Secure funding from European consortiums and new academic and industrial partners. Conclusion The Bee-Plane project has the potential to revolutionize medium-range aircraft by introducing a detachable fuselage. While the advantages in terms of flexibility, speed, and cost-efficiency are considerable, there are significant engineering, operational, and regulatory challenges to overcome. As the project moves towards TRL3, careful planning, robust funding, and strategic partnerships will be critical for success.

Project Website:

For more information and regular updates, you can visit the official Bee-Plane project website and stay tuned to their latest advancements.

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Bee-Plane TRL 2, Year 2013, 2014, and 2015 Bee-Plane TRL 1, Year 2012 Bee-Plane TRL 0, Year 2011

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