Airline Lilium is pushing ahead with testing of its all-electric jet, according tomedia reports, and a new video released by the German start-up shows the plane completing several new moves in recent days. While the test flight is not long or spectacular, it marks another step toward that goal for a company that plans to launch a commercial air taxi service in 2025.
Although Lilium has been making its debut in flying taxis since emerging from an esPercech in 2016, its electric aircraft did not make its first flight until this year. In October, it flew at a speed of more than 100 km/h and moved between vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) and winged flight.
The company’s latest video, released in early October, also comes from a series of test flights that show the plane taking off vertically and taking short flights in the test area. When it reaches the air, it accelerates to 65 km/h, then rises at 300 ft (91 m)/min, performs a 20-degree inclination, then an upward inclination of 30 degrees, and finally falls at 300 ft/min before another tilt turn and vertical landing.
Unlike previous videos, the latest video shows the test flight in its entirety. Lilium noted that the three-minute flight was part of a controllability test designed to see how the plane performs when it tilts and how it performs as expected.
Lilum said they have now completed the first phase of testing and will make a full transition to wing-mounted flights. Eventually, the Lilium jet is expected to reach a cruising speed of 300 km/h.
The company hopes to provide this comprehensive business service in two or three locations around the world by 2025.
Newly released test video