Aeronautical R&D Projects under Lesser Open License 1.3

Revolutionizing Aerial Medical Services: The BeePlane Hospital Module

In the realm of aeronautical advancements, the integration of healthcare facilities into aircraft design represents a transformative shift towards improving global emergency and medical services. At the forefront of this innovative frontier is the BeePlane hospital module, a concept developed under the guidance of Technoplane SAS and protected under the Lesser Open License 1.3. This groundbreaking project aims to redefine how medical aid is delivered in various scenarios, from disaster relief to standard patient transport.


Hospital basket has been defined during TRL1.

First drawings have been realized by Estaca Laval in 2012/2013

Two chirurgical unit on the back, regular medecine in front, crew rest area in the middle. Single Bed rooms and one four beds room

Concept and Development

The BeePlane hospital module was conceptualized during the Technology Readiness Level 1 (TRL1) phase, with the first designs crafted by students from Estaca Laval in 2012/2013. The design features a detachable fuselage specifically equipped for medical use, which can be quickly adapted to the main BeePlane structure as needed. This flexibility ensures rapid deployment capabilities crucial in emergency scenarios.

The hospital module includes two surgical units positioned at the rear, a regular medicine area at the front, and a crew rest area strategically placed in the middle. The layout is designed to maximize the efficiency of medical operations while airborne. Accommodation facilities within the module include single bed rooms and a four-bed room, designed to provide care for multiple patients under various medical conditions.

Design Features and Innovations

One of the most distinctive features of the BeePlane hospital module is its modular design. This allows for various medical configurations depending on the specific mission requirements, whether it be a large-scale disaster response or a smaller, more focused medical evacuation. The modularity also facilitates easier maintenance and upgrading of medical equipment, keeping the airborne hospital at the cutting edge of medical technology.

The use of a detachable fuselage not only enables quick transformation from passenger or cargo service to a medical facility but also significantly reduces the time needed to prepare the aircraft for different types of missions. This is crucial in saving lives, where every second counts.

Collaborative Development and Licensing

The development of the BeePlane hospital module under the Lesser Open License 1.3 illustrates a unique approach to intellectual property in the aerospace industry. By using an open license, Technoplane encourages collaboration and innovation, allowing for improvements and modifications by various contributors, including universities and other research institutions. This open approach accelerates technological advancements and the practical implementation of these innovations in real-world scenarios.

Impact and Future Prospects

The BeePlane hospital module has the potential to dramatically impact global health services, particularly in regions that are difficult to reach by traditional land-based ambulances or where local medical infrastructure is lacking. In disaster relief scenarios, the ability to deploy a fully equipped medical facility directly to the site can significantly enhance the effectiveness of response efforts.

Looking forward, Technoplane aims to further integrate advanced technologies such as telemedicine capabilities and robotic surgical tools into the BeePlane hospital module. These enhancements will allow for even greater levels of care to be administered mid-flight, potentially transforming the aircraft into a flying intensive care unit or emergency room.


The BeePlane hospital module represents a significant leap forward in the integration of aviation and medical technology. As this project progresses through further stages of technology readiness and begins real-world application, it holds the promise of becoming an essential asset in global health and emergency response strategies. With continued collaboration under the open license framework, the future of aerial medical services looks both innovative and bright, embodying the ethos of Technoplane’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of what aviation can achieve in service to humanity.