Lilium, a Munich based Start-up Company which is hosted in the European Space Agency (ESA) business incubator, has recently been developing the first of its kind vertical takeoff and landing aircraft intended for personal use. This aircraft has been designed to seat two passengers and will potentially open up the door to a new class of airplanes available from 2018.
“Our goal is to develop an aircraft for use in everyday life”said the CEO and one of the company’s founders of Lilium, 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”Wiegand added.
“To reduce noise and pollution, we are using electric engines so it can also be used close to urban areas.”
This electric two-seat vertical takeoff and landing aircraft is intended to be quitter, simpler, as well as more environmentally friendly in comparison to traditional aircrafts. Lilium was founded in February of 2015 by four doctoral students and engineers from the Technical University of Munich in Germany. The company has already developed the concept with various scale, 25 kg prototypes. Now, Lilium is continuing to develop its first ultralight vertical takeoff and landing aircraft.
“Today, general public aviation offers fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. Conventional aircraft are efficient, fast and available in many sizes but require airports often 20–50 km from city centres because of their space-hungry runways and the high noise levels,”Suggested Heli Hub.
“As a VTOL aircraft, the Lilium’s fans point downwards to give it the necessary lift, but once at a safe height, the engines will swivel, allowing it to achieve speeds of up to 400kmph at an altitude of nearly 10,000ft”Reported Colm Gorey from Silicon Republic.
“In cruising mode, the craft is expected to have a range of around 500km and can be charged like modern electric vehicles (EVs) using a household wall socket.”