This week a German start up Lilium announced a series of successful test flights. As a result, a new electric plane could become the first air taxi service provider.
According to representatives of the start up, this is a five-seater air taxi, capable of traveling up to 300 km. We can see in the video that the Lilium creation takes off and lands vertically with impressive accuracy.
And it is very important, given the fact that air taxis will probably have to take off in crowded urban areas in the absence of runway. Lilium vessel is powered by 36 all-electric jet engines built into four tilting wings.
Safety is, of course, of paramount concern, so in addition to engines, the vessel has “triple-redundant flight control computer” built in and even a parachute. The development was being created according to standards set by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and the US Federal Aviation Authority.
Lilium states that first air taxis will be released in 2025.
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