- The world's first all-electric Flying Car “The Lilium Jet”
- Germany-based company Lilium Aviation has developed an electric vertical vehicle called "The Lilium Jet" and completed test flights.
The aircraft was tested at a private airfield and the pilot controlled the concept via remote control.
"The Lilium Jet" is two-seater vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) with all-electric.
The aircraft is powered by 36 separate jet engines mounted on its 10-meter long wings via 12 movable flaps.
At take-off, the flaps are pointed downwards to provide vertical lift. And once airborne, the flaps gradually tilt into a horizontal position, providing forward thrust.
The aircraft achieves a range of 300 kilometers (183 miles) with a maximum cruising speed of 300 kph (183 mph). And Lilium claims that its electric battery “consumes around 90 percent less energy than drone-style aircraft.”
Generally, the electric cars with thousand-pound batteries max out at 300 miles per charge. "The Lilium Jet" lets you fly using the same battery efficiency.
For example, it takes 15 minutes to the destination with 12km by the car , but if you use the aircraft, you can get 70 km ahead in 15 minutes.
The company is also now revealing plans for a 5-seater version of the jet in order to create an on-demand air taxi service.
Lilium co-founder and CEO Daniel Wiegand stated;
“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. We have solved some of the toughest engineering challenges in aviation to get to this point. The successful test flight programme 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.”
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The Lilium jet in bulletpoints:
- 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 Lilium Jet’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.
- source : Lilium Aviation