Lilium Celebrates Successful Flight Tests Of World’s First Electric VTOL Jet | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Most Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne-Monday

Airborne-Tuesday

Airborne-Wednesday Airborne-Thursday

Airborne-Friday

Airborne On YouTube

Airborne-Unlimited-07.15.24

Airborne-NextGen-07.16.24

Airborne-Unlimited-07.17.24

Airborne-FlightTraining-07.11.24

Airborne-Unlimited-07.12.24

Sat, Apr 22, 2017

Lilium Celebrates Successful Flight Tests Of World’s First Electric VTOL Jet

Unveils 5 Seat Model For Use As On-Demand Air Taxi

A series of rigorous flight tests have taken place in the skies above Germany with the Lilium Jet, a zero-emission electric plane capable of VTOL operations. The two-seat prototype executed a range of complex maneuvers, including its signature mid-air transition from hover mode to wing-borne forward flight.

Lilium is now developing a larger, five-seater version of the Jet, designed for on-demand air taxi and ridesharing services.

“Seeing the Lilium Jet take to the sky and performing sophisticated maneuvers with apparent ease is testament to the skill and perseverance of our amazing team," said Lilium co-founder and CEO Daniel Wiegand. "We have solved some of the toughest engineering challenges in aviation to get to this point.

“The successful test flight program shows that our ground-breaking technical design works exactly as
we envisioned. We can now turn our focus to designing the five seater production aircraft.”

The Lilium Jet is 100% electrically powered, so creates no harmful emissions, making it a potential solution to deteriorating air quality in towns and cities, caused by road traffic, according to the company. It is also the only electric aircraft capable of both VTOL and jet-powered flight, using its wings for lift, similar to a conventional airplane.

This advanced capability consumes around 90% less energy than drone-style aircraft, enabling the Lilium Jet to achieve a range of more than 300 km (162 nm) with a maximum cruising speed of 162 knots. In flight, the aircraft's power consumption will be comparable to an electric car, according to the company. Take-off and landing for a Lilium Jet only requires a small open space or landing pad on a building - alleviating pressure on congested roads. 

The combination of energy efficient flight and minimal ground infrastructure will enable passenger flights with comparable pricing to normal car taxis over the same distance.

Lilium projects that a typical journey by Lilium Jet will be at least 5 times faster than by car, with even greater efficiencies in busy cities. For example, a flight from Manhattan to New York’s JFK Airport will take around 5 minutes, compared to 55 minutes driving.

The ability of the Lilium Jet to travel long distances, quickly and at low cost will also open new opportunities for people to live further away from their place of work.

The Lilium Jet is a lightweight aircraft powered by 36 electric jet engines mounted to its wings via 12 moveable flaps. It is unique in combining the benefits of VTOL offered by helicopters and drones, with the speed and range of a jet aircraft.

At take-off, the Lilium Jet’s flaps are pointed downwards to provide vertical lift. Once airborne, the flaps gradually tilt into a horizontal position, providing forward thrust. When the wing flaps are horizontal, all of the lift required to keep the Lilium Jet in the air is provided by air passing over the wings - as with a conventional airplane.

Safety is of primary concern of Lilium, and the Jet is designed along the principle of Ultra Redundancy: The aircraft’s engines are individually shielded, so the failure of a single unit cannot affect adjacent
engines.

The aircraft's power cells are designed to continue delivering sufficient power for continued flight and a safe landing in the unlikely event that part of the battery configuration fails. Lilium’s Flight Envelope Protection System prevents the pilot from performing maneuvers that would take the aircraft beyond safe flight parameters.

(Images provided with Lilium news release and from YouTube video)

FMI: https://lilium.com, Video

Advertisement

More News

Airborne-Flight Training 07.11.24: Alabama Av HS, Med Certs, Diamond-Turkish A/L

Also: College Internship, Pilots Request Mediation, RAA Speaks Up, New iPad Organizer UAS4STEM is an Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) sanctioned competition for students aged 11 >[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.16.24)

“Imagine being able to fly from San Francisco to San Diego, Boston to Baltimore, or Nashville to New Orleans without the need to go to an airport and with no emissions except>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.16.24): Charted Visual Flight Procedure Approach

Charted Visual Flight Procedure Approach An approach conducted while operating on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan which authorizes the pilot of an aircraft to proceed >[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.16.24)

Aero Linx: The Bellanca-Champion Club The Bellanca-Champion Club welcomes all owners, pilots, and enthusiasts. Whether you're a Bellanca owner or not, we invite you to join us. The>[...]

Airborne 07.10.24: Starship 5, Bahama$$$, Dillingham Airfield Saved

Also: USCG MH-60T Crew Save, Second Las Vegas Airport, CAF PT-19, Diamond-Turkish Airlines SpaceX’s Starship will launch in four weeks according to SpaceX founder and CEO Elo>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2024 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC