The Lilium jet can hover like a helicopter, fly like a fixed-wing aircraft and is nearly as compact as a car – AND it runs just on electricity. Imagine being able to use an app on your cellphone to summon a five-passenger vehicle that can easily fly you to location (London to Paris in one hour) as easily as summoning a Lyft/Uber ride. The all-electric Lilium Vertical Take-Off and Landing aircraft appears to be a huge step towards a realistic personal aircraft or flying “car.” Based in Munich, Germany, Lilium appears to be on the cutting edge of future transportation – and they’re hiring.
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Here’s the press release: Lilium Jet, the first zero-emission electric plane capable of Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL), has completed a series of rigorous flight tests in the skies above Germany. The two-seater prototype executed a range of complex maneuvers, including its signature mid-air transition from hover mode to wing-borne forward flight.
Lilium celebrates successful flight tests and introduces 5-seater VTOL jet
We have incredibly exciting news to share. The Lilium Jet successfully completed its maiden test flight series in the skies above Bavaria. The 2-seater Eagle prototype executed a range of complex maneuvers, including its signature mid-air transition from hover mode to wing-borne forward flight.
Seeing the Lilium Jet take to the sky and performing sophisticated maneuvers with apparent ease is testament to the skill and perseverance of our amazing team. We have solved some of the toughest engineering challenges in aviation to get to this point. The successful test flight programme shows that our ground-breaking technical design works exactly as we envisioned. We can now turn our focus to designing a 5-seater production aircraft.
The Lilium Jet 5-seater – Your on-demand air taxi
We are now developing a larger, 5-seater version of our Lilium Jet, designed for on-demand air taxi and ridesharing services. A typical journey with the Lilium Jet will be at least 5x faster than by car, with even greater efficiencies in busy cities. So a flight from Manhattan to New York’s JFK Airport will take around 5 minutes, compared to the 55 minutes it would take you by car.Please make sure you read more about Lilium’s mission and technology.
As well as making great progress in the air, we’ve also updated our Lilium brand. Enjoy our new website, we hope you like it!
Welcome Meggy Sailer
Today I am very happy to announce that Meggy Sailer has joined Lilium as Head of Recruiting. After more than 5 years at Tesla, Meggy brings excellent experience of staffing a cutting-edge transportation company and will help us grow our staff of specialists in Munich.
She started at Tesla when they were still in their start-up phase themselves. Meggy helped to grow the company from 200 to 13.000 employees in just about three years time, so she knows the pace of a rapidly growing company. Additionally, Meggy knows the field of groundbreaking electric transportation first hand and I am delighted that she’s now shifting her attention to the skies.
At Lilium, she will be responsible for shaping and expanding our workforce from 30 to over 100 employees within this year. Together with her team she will find key talent to build Lilium´s team of top-class engineers and like-minded, passionate colleagues.
Speaking of finding the best people: if you are interested in joining Lilium, please take a look at our current job openings.
Lilium raises € 10m from Atomico
Our team at Lilium is thrilled to announce that we have closed a €10m funding round with Atomico, the leading European venture capital firm based in London.
Their support will enable us to continue developing the Lilium Jet, through flight testing beginning in early 2017, towards commercial production. At the same time, we will also be expanding our existing staff of specialists and product engineers.
We are delighted that Atomico’s founder Niklas Zennström will be joining our board, bringing with him extensive experience of building world class companies. Already, we have been impressed by the Atomico team as they assist with critical hiring and developing our go to market strategy.
Atomico is known as a champion of European “deep tech” — companies that bring together specialist knowledge and skills with the vision and determination to solve the world’s biggest problems.
Our cities are heading for perpetual gridlock, choked by an ever growing number of cars — 1.2 billion today, rising to an estimated 2bn by 2035.
Moving to electric vehicles may stem the flow of harmful emissions, but it will make not one bit of difference to congestion.
In founding Lilium we looked to the skies for an answer.
Even as we engaged with the technical challenge of creating a zero-emission, electrically powered aircraft, capable of vertical take-off and landing in urban areas, we understood that the implications of such technology were far greater than just taking cars off our roads.
The look and feel of our towns and cities is hugely influenced by our transport infrastructure. The space we use to park our vehicles is so much less than the endless roads that we move them around on. That changes when we are able to simply rise into the air.
Today, if we want to travel further and faster, we have to make our way to airports on the outskirts of our cities. But what happens when we have micro landing pads right in the middle of built-up areas? When the fastest transport is also the most accessible and flexible.
At that point, the nature of commuting changes fundamentally. With the Lilium Jet, the radius of our lives will be enlarged 3x. Escaping to the country will mean a 15 minute flight, rather than a two hour drive or stop-start train journey.
We will be able to work where we need to and live where we want to, with none of the gruelling compromise required today. House prices will adjust accordingly, as town and country compete on a level-playing field.
This is a future that we believe should be open to everyone.
We will see businesses spring up around the Lilium Jet, offering air taxi services and other new models of transportation. Lilium passengers of tomorrow are the people using ride-hailing and car sharing apps today, not private jets.
It is an exciting vision of the way our world could be. We hope that when everyone sees the amazing progress we are making on the Lilium Jet, they’ll understand that we’re already well on our way.