Lilium's electric personal jet manages a vertical takeoff

by Engadget

The Lilium jet may look like somebody's wacky concept of a futuristic aircraft that will never be able to fly, but that couldn't be further from the truth. It has recently completed a series of flight tests in Munich, Germany, proving that the first...

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VentureBeat reports:

On-demand air taxis move one step closer as Lilium flight-tests electric vertical takeoff jet

A world in which on-demand air taxi services permeate the skies above has moved one step closer, as German aviation startup Lilium has announced it has now completed the first flight tests of its electric-powered vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) jet. The prototype two-seater Lilium Jet carried out a number of maneuvers in the skies over […]

Mail Online reports:

Lilium reveals it has completed flight tests of VERTICAL takeoff jet

Along with the successful completion of flight tests, Lilium has also revealed it is working on a larger, five-seater version that the firm says could soon be used for ride-sharing services.

TechCrunch reports:

Watch Lilium’s successful test flight of the world’s first electric VTOL jet

Lilium has successfully tested its all-electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) jet for the first time, and you can watch the inaugural test flight above. The basic concept of a VTOL is that it has the benefits of a helicopter in terms of taking off without requiring a huge runway, but once airborne, it can still achieve the higher top speeds of a fixed wing aircraft like a jet. The… Read More