Based outside of Munich, Germany, Lilium announced on June 11 that it had selected London to be “the base for a world-class software team it plans to develop.” Hundreds of high-end software engineering roles will be created in the city over the next five years as the business seeks to make affordable, electric, on-demand air taxis a reality by 2025. Jobs will also be added in their existing hubs in Munich and Zurich. Additionally, Lilium appointed...
Munich-based Lilium unveiled its new five-seater air taxi Lilium Jet on May 16, after the prototype had made its unmanned maiden flight on May 4 at 08:03 am. The Lilium Jet uses small electric fans, which the company calls “jet engines.” According to Lilium’s news release, “The full-scale, full-weight prototype is powered by 36 all-electric jet engines that allow it to take-off and land vertically, while achieving...
Vertiflite May/June 2019
Opener Names Ben Diachun President
Opener, the developer of the BlackFly electric Personal Aerial Vehicle (ePAV) for consumer travel, has appointed a president, Ben Diachun, the company announced on April 2. He will report to Marcus Leng, Opener founder and CEO. Diachun comes from Scaled Composites; Burt Rutan lauded Diachun,...
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...
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...
The Lilium Jet is the first "electric jet" VTOL aircraft. The company plans to use the jet for urban mobility as an air taxi. In cruise mode power consumption per km is comparable to an electric car. It produces zero emissions in flight.
Lilium was co-founded in 2015 by Daniel Wiegand, Sebastian Born, Patrick Nathen and Matthias Meiner....
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...