Air taxi startup Lilium has successfully completed the first test of its five-seater aircraft that it hopes to bring into service by 2025 to take passengers between cities in order to give them freedom from an airport check-in.
The battery-powered aircraft, operated by remote control, took off vertically at a Munich airfield, which marks a milestone for the German startup backed by investors including Atomico, Tencent, LGT and Obvious Ventures. The video footage provided by the company showed the aircraft lifting off slowly and then floating in mid-air. It did not take a spin around the airfield as an earlier two-seater prototype did back in 2017.
“In less than two years, we have been able to design, build and successfully fly an aircraft that will serve as our template for mass production,” said Lilium’s co-founder and CEO Daniel Wiegand of the May 4 test flight. Read More