Lilium Aviation successfully tested the world’s first passenger e-convertible aircraft. E-convertible aircraft by Germany’s Lilium Aviation seems to be another freaky concept of a personal aircraft of the future that hardly can fly. However, the recent tests show opposite.
According to the developers, Lilium Jet is the first fully electric VTOL aircraft. It can take two passengers. Although the plane is called Lilium Jet and “Jet” is usually used for flying machines that are powered with jet engine, this is another case. The aircraft carries 36 electric engines with blades installed at special flexible wings blocks. This construction secures VTOL (vertical take-off and landing).
The total weight will be 1,322 ft, including cargoes and passengers (440 ft in total). Total capacity of the engine will be 435 hp delivering the speed of up to 186 mph. One charge of the battery (320 KWh) might be enough for travel of up to 186 mi. Each engine is attached to the Lilium apart from the rest with protection cover and independent electronic system. This method helps to exclude possible loss of control in case of a breakdown of one or several engines. It should be also mentioned special intelligence system – Flight Envelope Protection System that will not let a pilot to perform potentially dangerous maneuver.
The project covers creation of bigger aircraft of similar construction for 5 passengers. Lilium Aviation believes Lilium Jet will be able to replace helicopters and provide air-taxi services. This is only first tests and the first series of Lilium Jet are unlikely to appear soon. The first piloted test fly is slated only for 2018, while pre-order will not be opened until 2025.