Lilium Jet's First Test Flight Is Proof We Live in the Future

Lilum's design for the final five-seater aircraft

In a statement provided to Business Insider, Lilium CEO Daniel Wiegand said: "The successful test flight programme shows that our ground-breaking technical design works exactly as we envisioned".

The best or rather, the unique part about this particular VTOL jet is the fact that it relies exclusively on renewable electricity for its fuel requirements.

The company conducted tests with a prototype, two-seater vehicle while also announcing a five-seater one.

"The combination of energy efficient flight and minimal ground infrastructure will enable passenger flights with comparable pricing to normal auto taxis over the same distance", Lilium said in a press release.

It is unique in combining the benefits of VTOL offered by helicopters and drones, with the speed and range of a jet aircraft. Once the aircraft has reached the proper height, it slowly tilts its flaps to a horizontal position, at which point the craft can move forward.

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Lilium Jet, a mini jet plane startup backed by Skype cofounder Niklas Zennström, has completed its first series of flight tests. The trick lies in its electric jet engines.

The new five-seater is claimed to use only 10 percent of the energy of a quadcopter-style aircraft and has a range of over 300 km (186 mi) at a speed of 300 km/h (186 mph), allowing it to travel from JFK Airport to Manhattan in five minutes instead of the 55 minutes by road - all with zero local emissions.

Lilium's Flight Envelope Protection System prevents the pilot from performing maneuvers that would take the aircraft beyond safe flight parameters.

The startup is now developing a five-seat model of the Jet for on-demand air taxi and ride-hailing services.

Due to the low-priced of operation, Lilium Jet actually plans to cover routes generally made by cars - but at least 5x faster.

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