In early September, Munich-based Lilium announced that it had raised $90M in a Series B funding round. Investors included Chinese tech giant Tencent; private banking and asset management firm LGT; U.K.-based venture capitalist firm Atomico (a Series A investor); and Obvious Ventures. The company flew the unmanned “Eagle” prototype of “the world’s first electric VTOL jet” in April. Lilium said it has raised more than $100M overall, and planned the first manned flight of its fully...
Charging Forward: New eVTOL Concepts Advance
By Kenneth I. Swartz
Look! Up in the sky! It’s a car — It’s a plane — No, it’s my UberAir!
Vertiflite, Jul-Aug 2017
To those immersed in the world of traditional helicopters, it may take a little time to...
The Lilium Jet "Eagle" prototype is a two-seat aircraft intended to fly at a cruising speed of 300 km/h (160 kt) with a payload of 200 kg (440 lb); maximum speed is 400 km/h (240 kt). The aircraft has a maximum takeoff weight of 640 kg (1,410 lb) thus falling into the Light Sport Aircraft category, and so can be operated by a holder of a Sport Pilots License. The Lilium Jet has a total of 36 electric fans: 12 on the...
German Ultralight VTOL Innovations
By Ian Frain
Vertiflite, Sept-Oct 2016
The German aerospace industry has enjoyed global success and recognition in design and innovation over the decades.
One prime example is the Airbus Helicopters-legacy Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm (MBB) Bo 105 light, twin-engine helicopter. This had...