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We aim to develop through a Lesser Open Source License [1] a hybrid Vertical and Take-Off Landing (VTOL) aircraft for medical purposes.
Objective is now to produce a full-scale model of a quadcopter with real hybrid propulsion configuration. A display of a full scale 1/2 cockpit was achieved at Paris Air Show 2019.
Then we will build a full twin engine test configuration.

Current Project Summary

File:20200921 Mini-Bee 2PAX v9-1.pdf


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Mini-Bee project is actually in TRL3 (Technology Readiness Level).

Main technical orientation for 2PAX configuration Single Rotax 915is Engine as generator and 6 Vertical electric rotors (author Supaero)
File:202006 ISAE Supaero Mini-Bee PIR-Report.pdf


File:20201015 Mini-Bee Esigelec.pdf
File:20201015 Mini-Bee Esigelec.pptx

TRL3 Technical Materials :
Minibee TRL3


Project History

Project was launched in January 2015 to study individual air transportation but switched to medical transportation on 2016.
On Paris Air Show 2015 we presented a first mock-up and it was a success !



Summary of Mini-Bee projects since start in 2015.
File:Mini-Bee Evolution Projets v1.pdf

Minibee TRL2

MiniBee 01.jpg



During 2015 and 2016 multiple universities studied concept and TRL1 closed in June 2016.
In summer 2017, project achieved TRL2 at Paris Air Show 2017 and is now entering TRL3 with more than 15 universities and 10 industrial interested !
In 2018, studiez have made progress on the engine and hybrid configuration.

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Challenge presentation from 2017 edition :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgEbw49LUFk Challenge2017video