Ascendance Flight Technologies to showcase developments in Paris


French-startup, Ascendance Flight Technologies will present its technologies including its eVTOL ATEA at the 2023 Paris Air Show.

Following a Series A raise of €21 million in March 2023 led by investors including Bpifrance’s French Tech Souveraineté, CELAD and SC Mahé, Ascendance has been increasing its workforce ahead of a certification ramp up.

Positioning itself as an OEM and a propulsion system supplier, the Toulouse based firm, founded in 2018, has chosen the hybrid-electric path.

Its ATEA aircraft, with a range of 400km and a cruising speed of over 200km/h, produces up to 80% less CO2 compared with a helicopter. It is intended for regional use, with four main missions: passenger transport, medical emergencies, logistics and monitoring.

Jean Christophe Lambert, co-founder and CEO, said: “ATEA’s design reflects our convictions, experience and know-how. The aircraft we’re designing is the result of careful consideration of maintenance costs and ease of operation.”

The latest development will be showcased through some previously unseen models in Paris, according to the firm. Ascendance will be displaying in Hall 5, which is the new Paris Air Mobility area dedicated to eVTOLs, from June 19 to 25. It will be the only French eVTOL manufacturer present at the show this year.