The German startup Lilium posted video of it’s flying car switching from vertical takeoff to forward flight.
Apparently it seems like Lillium is on schedule with it’s big plans to launch a flying taxi service by 2025. The German startup just released the first footage of it’s electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in action.
A new clip posted on Lillium’s Youtube channel shows the huge progress the company has achieved in just a few months. At the time of unveiling of the egg-shaped, five seat flying car in may, the company also released footage of it’s first successful test flight. But that flight wasn’t much impressive, as the unmanned prototype just lifted off the ground and hovered for a few seconds before landing back. But in this latest video the huge progress is evident, as the company’s jet is able to fly around the airfield at speeds around 62 mph.
In the fresh video, the Lillium jet can be seen lifting off vertically, and then it slowly begins to turn before speeding off around the airfield, rather then just hovering, as seen in the earlier video. For the startup, the ability to transition from vertical takeoff to horizontal flight is a huge step forward, which according to The Verge previously called it “one of aerospace’s greatest challenges”. It also marks the successful completion of the first phase of flight testing for the Lillium.
The company had another big news up its sleeves for the industry watchers and enthusiasts alike. The news was about the completion of the company’s first manufacturing facility, which is a 32,000 square foot space, located near its headquarters in Munich, as per a Lillium statement. Lillium also has another under construction facility, and it hopes to utilize both the facilities to produce hundreds of Lillium jets every year in the lead up to the service’s proposed launch in 2025.
Although there have been recent videos, showing other eVTOLs performing successful test flights, but now it appears that the Lilium has got somewhat of a head start against its competitors The company has committed that the jet, powered by 36 engines will have a range of 186 miles and a top speed of 186 mph. If Lilium can deliver a product as per its claimed goals, then the jet would be capable of making regional/cross state trips, rather then just within city taxi rides. That kind of a range should help the company achieve more wider customer base, beyond just the commuters to both business travelers and tourists, and should also help the company get a wider revenue stream.
The Lilium Jet can be seen taking off and fly away at the 1:43 mark in the video below: