German startup Lilium announced the successful completion of the first phase of the test of a five-seater aerotaxi. The Munich company has shared the official video with the test launch of a drone.
A successful test launch is a big step for a company that plans to launch a fully operational flying taxi service in several cities around the world by 2025.
Lilium Jet is equipped with an egg-shaped cabin on the chassis with a pair of parallel asymmetrical wings with an inclined rotor. There are 36 electric jet engines on the wings, which bend for a vertical take-off and then move forward for horizontal flight. It is reported that the unit has no tail, steering wheel, propellers and gearbox.
Lilium Jet will be able to fly a range of 300 km and gain a maximum speed of 300 km / h. Internal Control Inspector Lilium Remo Gerber announced that customers will be able to order aero-taxi through a special mobile application. The estimated flight time of such a taxi from the center of Manhattan to John F. Kennedy International Airport is only 10 minutes and will cost Lilium Jet customers $ 70. For comparison, Blade, which also develops air taxi, offers the same trip for $ 195.
Lilium is not the only company that develops aerotaxi project. At the moment there are more than 100 similar projects, the most famous are Joby Aviation and Kitty Hawk. In the future, Airbus, Boeing, and Bell, in collaboration with Uber, are planning to present their models of air taxis.