Air Taxi Lilium Jet ready for production
The vertical take-off aircraft Lilium Jet’s first test phase has just been completed and its production plan is written. By 2025, the founders are convinced that the aircraft taxi will transport passengers up to 300 kilometers.
Lilium Jet is a vertical take-off aircraft taxi developed by the startup Lilium. The company’s goal is that the plane will transport five passengers at up to 300 km/h in 2025. The plane's first test phase was recently completed at an airport in Munich. Completed was recently also the plane’s production plan.
Complex maneuvers at 100 km/h
The zero-emission five-seat jet Lilium Jet was first introduced in May 2019. However, Lilium tested a two-seater prototype already in 2017.
During the test phase, Lilium Jet managed to make advanced maneuvers at over 100 km/h. The biggest challenge for the aircraft is the transition from vertical to horizontal flying. In horizontal position, Lilium Jet’s unique advantage comes in to use as the plane can fold out its two wings which enables it to fly more efficient than any aircraft powered solely by rotors.
Connection regions by air taxi
The Lilium Jet can fly distances of up to 300 kilometers. That’s far longer than most of its competitors. Lilium doesn’t want to be restricted to short-haul flights in urban areas. There goal is to connect regions; remote and central, small and large.
The jet is powered by 36 all-electric jet engines. Thanks to these, the machine doesn’t generate any operation emissions. Through the power generated by its two wings, Lilium Jet produced less than 10 percent of its maximum output of 2,000 HP in horizontal state.
The safety has been thoroughly tested
The aircraft completed a series of safety tests. Engine and flap failures were among the potential errors that were tested. The Lilium Jet is controlled from the ground; however, the tests were carried out both on the ground and in the air.
What’s next? Lilium jet is soon about to enter its second test phase. During this second test phase, the focus is to analyze how the aircraft behaves at high speed.
First production plant build near Munich
The startup’s first production plant has just been completed. The 3,000 m² construction is located near Lilium’s headquarter in Munich and will soon get accompanied by a second production plant close by. Starting in 2025, the plan is that hundreds of aircraft should be built each year at these two plants.
“Our goal is to create a world-class production plant. In the future, we’ll be able to manufacture critical components and build fully assembled aircraft. With a production quantity like that of the automotive industry, we’ll still be able to meet the aviator industry’s extremely high safety demands,” says Lilium’s co-founder and CEO Daniel Wiegand.
The current Lilium team is over 350 people strong. However, the startup is looking to increase its headcount significantly in the nearby future. Already now, they have more than 150 open positions listed on their website and they count on creating additional 500 new jobs at the production plant between now and 2025.
This article was first published by next-mobility.news