The AERALIS project team aims to build a modular aircraft that can be easily reconfigured depending on client needs, they’re now looking for investment.
Having completed Phase 1 feasibility studies, AERALIS has announced the start of Phase 2 which will begin development of a Technology Demonstrator of AERALIS’s Common Core Fuselage concept.
The company website can be found here.
Three main variants are listed on the website:
Twin-engine, swept wing, advanced performance, full commonality with AERALIS family.
Single-engine, straight wing, benign handling, full commonality with AERALIS family.
Single or Twin-engine, individual customer design, full commonality with AERALIS family.
The company say that the Common Core Fuselage acts as the cornerstone of the AERALIS modular design, allowing a range of different outer wings and engine modules to be attached to the same fuselage, reducing re-design and certification costs whilst maximising commonality of parts to reduce through-life service costs and increase aircraft reliability.
“The feature also enables faster upgrading and modification of the aircraft to cater for Urgent Operational Requirements (UORs) and support continuous improvement of the aircraft throughout its service life.”
According to literature produced by the company, the Technology Demonstrator will consist of a full-scale, structurally representative Common Core fuselage, equipped with an Integrated Modular Avionics system, common cockpit displays and all-electric systems installation, accompanied by an end-to-end Ground-Based Training System demonstrator featuring a modular training syllabus, common cockpit simulators and a digital learning system.
The demonstrator will be developed together with Cranfield Aerospace and supported by a number of UK aerospace companies, shortly to be announced. AERALIS plans to exhibit the demonstrator at the DSEI defence trade exhibition in September 2019.