Lilium Aviation announced that it will start producing personal flying electric vehicles as soon as early 2018. The vehicle will be called The Lilium Jet and will be propelled by 320kW battery-powered fan motors.
6/20/16 5:00 am chumakdenis 1
People have always been dreaming about flying in sky.
Just try to imagine: no traffic jams, no one cuts you on the road, no idiots honking a horn behind you..jees…it sounds to be good to be true – way too utopian, I’d say.
Nevertheless, it is possible, luckily to the company called Lilium Aviation – yeap, as soon as there are people than are interested more in science than in posting stupid photos on Instagram and buying new sulfite sticks, my faith in humankind won’t die.
The company has managed to create a first personal VTOL flight vehicle that you can plug in at home as comfortably as your EV.
The all-electric vehicle has two seats, 36 ducted fan motors (12 per wing and 12 in swivelling nacelles from the nose) and a total output of 435 HP.
It is fast, powerful, and, most importantly, it can become part of our future life.
So, why don't we learn a few more things starting from whizz kids that has created this baby?
The jet has a cruising range of 310 miles (500 kilometers) and can travel at speeds up to 248 mph (400km/h) with a altitude ceiling of 9,000 ft.
German startup company called Lilium Aviation was founded in 2015 by a quartet of engineers and doctoral students from the Technical University of Munich.
At the very beginning, the company was nothing more but a bunch of enthusiasts that wanted to make our world a little bit better place to live in.
However, ardent enthusiast is not always a solution.
Hence, the company had to look for some funding.
Help came from European Space Agency that provided the company with not only a really big paycheck but also with its own playground.
Such a hospitable gesture didn’t go unnoticed and the project “Lilium Jet” was finished in extremely short terms-- the vehicle can hit the market as early as 2018.
Perspectives of this beauty are huge, and the main ones are cheapness and needlessness of bulky transport infrastructure – the vehicle can take off and land vertically and the only thing it needs is an open space of just 225 square meters.
Comparing to helicopter
Lilium Jet is functionally very similar to a helicopter, but the all-new flying vehicle presents some distinct advantages over traditional rotorcraft flying machines.
For instance, its battery powered by ducted fans that are significantly quieter and cleaner than the fuel-burning turbine and piston engines in helicopters.
And this factor is very significant inasmuch as the mid-flight failure of a helicopter's single engine could be catastrophic -- they are expensive to engineer and build and they require meticulous daily maintenance.
The Lilium jet, in contrast, uses 36 tiny ducted fan motors: 12 on each wing and 6 each in two swiveling nacelles that emerge from nose, producing a total of 435 horsepower. The propulsion system (including the electric fans, the 320kW battery pack and the power controllers) is designed for redundancy; the failure of one fan — or several — won't necessitate an emergency landing.
And, of course, there is no need in meticulous helicopter-pilot training which includes extensive schooling in safe-landing techniques after an engine failure.
The Lithium Jet will be classed as a Light Sport Aircraft, meaning only a pilot’s licence requiring 20 hours’ minimum training would be required to operate.
Company's major goals
“Our goal is to develop an aircraft for use in everyday life,” says one of Lilium's founders, CEO Daniel Wiegand.
“We are going for a plane that can take off and land vertically and does not need the complex and expensive infrastructure of an airport."
“To reduce noise and pollution, we are using electric engines so it can also be used close to urban areas.”
Lilium Aviation plans to have a full-scale production model ready by the stroke of midnight on 31 Dec 2018.
Well, let’s wish company good luck and hope that it will be this way.