French aviation start-up Blue Spirit Aero will be using Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud to accelerate the development of its hydrogen-electric light aircraft and advance the certification of accessible clean aviation.
The aircraft, “Dragonfly,” which relies on Blue Spirit Aero’s proprietary electro-propulsive technology optimized for clean performance, is being developed with a view to certification and entry into service in 2026.
In only a few months, Blue Spirit Aero has used Dassault Systèmes’ “Reinvent the Sky” industry solution experience based on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to complete the detailed 3D design of Dragonfly’s shapes, and test and validate its performance in terms of aerodynamics, structure and energy. From the outset, the platform’s virtual environment on the cloud enabled the start-up to structure its internal processes and streamline communication between experts across disciplines and locations for more efficient decision-making and full traceability.
“The 3DEXPERIENCE platform is the technology of reference in the aviation industry,” said Olivier Savin, CEO and founder, Blue Spirit Aero. “By using it to develop our aircraft from concept to certification, not only are we relying on one platform for all aspects of our product development, but we are also giving credibility to each milestone achieved. We can show potential investors, partners, employees, suppliers, customers and regulators that viable hydrogen solutions are being developed with the same software that has made the most technologically advanced commercial airliners possible.”
“Blue Spirit Aero exemplifies a dynamic start-up driving the hydrogen economy that shares our vision for more sustainable aviation,” added David Ziegler, Vice President, Aerospace & Defense Industry, Dassault Systèmes. “‘Reinvent the Sky’ and the scalability offered by the cloud allow it to deploy new capabilities as its project matures, optimize program execution, and reduce costs. These are ‘must-haves’ for a start-up paving the way toward the certification of a new category of vehicles.”
By using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, Blue Spirit Aero intends to show the feasibility of hydrogen technologies as the global aviation industry strives to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.