Electric Flying car

Flying electric cars

Munich-based Lilium Aviation today announced an important milestone: the first test flight of its fully electric two-seater vertical takeoff and landing prototype (VTOL). Observe how this fully electric'flying car' completes its first test mission in Germany. Airborne automobiles, this multi-year futurist fantasy that always seems to be at least five years away, can be a little bit nearer to real life than we think. Lilium Aviation, the Munich-based airline, today announces an important milestone: the first test run of its fully electric two-seater VTOL test plane. You can see in a Munich start-up movie how the plane takes off perpendicularly like a chopper and then accelerates into forward motion with aerofoil propulsion.

When starting, the dampers are directed downwards to enable a horizontal stroke. It was remote controlled during testing, but its owners say their first human flown is near each other. Lilium says that his electric batteries "consume about 90 per cent less power than unmanned aerial vehicles", so the plane can reach a distance of 300 kilometres (183 miles) at a top cruise of 300 km/h (183 mph).

Electrically operated aeronautics is still in its fledgling stages in many respects. Thousand lb electric vehicles are generally no more than 300 leagues away per load. Today' most modern electric airplane can hardly climb an hours in the air at 99 milliph - without having to take off and land vertically. However, Patrick Nathen, co-founder of Lilium Jet and director of calculations and start-up designs, said their cell phone will do the work.

Security is a top priority at Lilium, Nathen added. Meanwhile, while the start-up is working on having its planes controlled independently, it plans to deploy personnel in the meantime. Skydiving will be on the plane, and something known as the flying envelope protection system will prevent the fighter from manoeuvring or flying beyond secure flying conditions.

Anyone dreaming of a mini van of the Jetson's flying car will find this ship just right for you. Lilium, of course, imagines that his planes will be used in tightly packed built-up areas. Same as Uber, but for flying vehicles (although Uber is already working on its own version). From Midtown Manhattan to JFK Manhattan, a 55-minute cab trip at $55 turns into a 5-minute Lilium plane trip for just $6. Flying automobiles are of course outrageous.

Of course, flying automobiles are laughable. Flying automobiles acting as a substitute for a remote, unreachable tomorrow is not a flaw. Many things about flying a car make it unpractical, unfeasible and even wrong-headed. However, the trouble is that these planes do not resolve issues for ordinary people and do not even make a gestural effect useful in the far distance.

With better material, autonomic navigational devices and other technological advancements, tens of well-off financiers are confident that we are on the threshold of bringing flying automobiles - or at least small, electric, autonomic commuters - into the air.

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