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Lillium - VTOL all-electric plane

Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by dauger, May 10, 2016.

  1. dauger

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    I'm not expecting much, performancewise. Small ducted fans are notoriously inefficient, especially at low speeds like lifting off and landing. There is a reason a helicopter usually has just one giant rotor. Expect a flight time measured in minutes at 250mph, not hours. With the wings that far back I presume the passenger cell of the plane is designed as a lifting body?
     
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    From the 1950ies on SciFi magazines on both sides of the Iron Curtain have been obsessed with the mass commute fliers.

    The ugly truth is that you would need an FAA license and an airport.
     
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    Those Lilium guys graduated from Technical University Munich. Talked to one of the professors there, and he could not understand how Lilium managed to sin that severely against one of the most fundamental principles regarding rotor efficiency, and... how Lilium managed to convince investors to put millions in the company. My only guess is that the final product will show us something which will deviate mega from the small ducts prototype.
     

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