The Lilium Jet – The world’s First All-Electric VTOL Jet

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The Lilium Jet successfully completed its maiden test flight series in the skies above Bavaria. The 2-seater Eagle prototype executed a range of complex maneuvers, including its signature mid-air transition from hover mode to wing-borne forward flight.

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The plane takes off and lands vertically, meaning it can use helipads. The aircraft, designed in Germany, has a top speed of 250mph and a range of 300 miles.

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The plane has been designed with environmental targets in mind. As well as being electric meaning there are less emissions, the plane will be a lot quieter than the traditional private jet as it uses ducted fan engines.

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Lilium’s 100-percent renewable electric power is its key defining trait; plenty of others are looking at VTOL tech, but many, including DARPA, are using a hybrid fuel approach to work around some of the design and performance challenges of relying solely on electric.

Using jet-powered flight once the craft is airborne also has big benefits in terms of energy economy once you’re cruising through the air.Lilium says that it can get a range of around 186 miles from its battery and a top speed of about 186 mph.

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