The German company Lilium announced the successful receipt of funding for the project to create a flying taxi —90 million. dollars. Thanks to this, the total capital of the company increased to 100 million. dollars. This money will be used to create a five -seat commercial flying taxi on Lilium electric traction and increase the staff of the apparatus of up to 70 people.
As previously reported, in April of this year, the company conducted successful tests of a full -sized double prototype of a taxi, which managed to move from a hovering regime to a horizontal flight mode. The experimental version was designed for flight at a speed of 400 km/h. Thanks to the cleaning chassis, Lilium will be able to use small sites within a city in a size of 15 x 15 meters for take -off and landing.
The five -seater option will fly at a speed of 300 km/h at a range of 300 km on one charge, while the speed of passenger delivery will be 5 times surpass a similar indicator of a conventional taxi, and the flight itself will cost less than the “earth” trip.
Success will largely depend on the development team, so the company is interested in attracting world -class professionals. The first controlled flight Lilium expects to make in 2019.