Lillium e-plane completes maiden flight

May 16, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Lillium e-plane completes maiden flight
The industrial airport Operpfaffenhofen near Munich experienced a premiere these days: The Lillium Jet electrically driven air taxi flew for the first time. Until 2025, the five-seater will be able to be used in commercial flight operations.

The maiden flight of the Lilium Jet was still quite unspectacular - the aircraft just showed its ability to take off vertically and hover on the spot. The full-scale, full-weight prototype is powered by 36 all-electric jet engines that allow it to take-off and land vertically. For the transition from vertical to horizontal flight and vice versa, the aircraft tilts four bars with several electric motors and relatively small propellers accordingly. These bars are attached to the wings and the canards. Since the movements about all three spatial axes are controlled by the motors, the aircraft has no conventional control surfaces like elevator, rudder, or ailerons. Only one moving part in the engine is responsible for the safety of the aircraft.

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