Saturday April 22, 2017

All-Electric "Flying Car" Takes First Test Flight in Germany

I don’t know why there is an obsession with flying cars, since most people can’t even drive let alone pilot, but here is another company that is trying to make the futuristic clichأ© come true. The Lilium Jet is capable of taking off and landing vertically, which is actually pretty nifty, I guess, and it uses the same battery as those found in Tesla vehicles.

In a video provided by the Munich-based startup, the aircraft can be seen taking off vertically like a helicopter, and then accelerating into forward flight using wing-borne lift. The craft is powered by 36 separate jet engines mounted on its 10-meter long wings via 12 movable flaps. At take-off, the flaps are pointed downwards to provide vertical lift. And once airborne, the flaps gradually tilt into a horizontal position, providing forward thrust. During the tests, the jet was piloted remotely, but its operators say their first manned flight is close-at-hand.