Four engineers and PhD students from Technical University of Munich are developing Lilium Jet, a 2-seated high-speed aerial vehicle that is capable of vertical take-off and landing.
Since Lilium Jet is entirely electric, it doesn’t pollute the environment. The creators of Lilium Jet believe that their product will help to solve the problem of traffic congestion in urban areas, allowing people to reach desired destination much quicker and in an environmentally-friendly way.
During his pitch at ECO15 London, Lilium Aviation CEO Daniel Wiegand said that the vehicle “combines a flexibility of a helicopter with a speed and comfort of a business jet.”
Unlike conventional helicopters, Lilium Jet emits very little noise during vertical take-off and can travel at a speed up to 450 kmh and achieve an all-electric range of 500 km.
The jet is equipped with fully computer-assisted control system, allowing passengers to operate the vehicle with ease. Designed for the use in everyday life, Lilium Jet is much safer than conventional aircraft since its batteries, engines and control system are redundant and it’s also equipped with the parachute rescue system.
Daniel Wiegand also mentioned that once Lilium Jet lands on the ground it can even fold its wings and drive the last miles to your destination on the road.
To develop Lilium Jet, founders received funds from the European Space Agency, the EU and famous angel investor from Germany Frank Thelen.
The team plans to conduct the first manned flight in 2016. The market entry is planned for 2019.
To learn more about Lilium Jet, click here.
by Natalie Myhalnytska
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