The Lilium jet is a piece of hardware that can take off either vertically or horizontally, depending on how the huge number of propellers are oriented. There’s 36 of them, by the way, located both on the front and rear of the aircraft, and spun by an equal number of electric motors.
All those elements giving the thing forward motion are enough to push it to a top speed of 300 kph (186 mph) for a maximum flying range of 300 km.
Initially, the aircraft was developed to carry five people, but in the meantime, it has grown (at least on paper) to accommodate a number of seven. Like other designs currently on the drawing board, the jet is to be used for personal air transport.
For it to be able to fly, though, it needs avionics and fly-by-wire control systems. As per an announcement made this week, these will be supplied by Honeywell.
The fly-by-wire will be the one responsible for controlling the jet’s movable parts, including the 36 control surfaces and fans that allow the Lilium to move in this or that direction. As for the avionics, they are responsible for giving the pilot an easy-to-handle user interface, specifically designed for this application.
Before the commercial Lilium gets here, you can have a look at what the whole thing will be all about in the video below.