Lilium

  • Lilium Jet no. 2 assembly

    Lilium Completes $240M Funding Round

    Munich-based Lilium GmbH announced on March 23, 2020 that is had completed an internal funding round worth more than $240M. The round was led by Tencent, with participation from other existing investors including Atomico, Freigeist and LGT.

    The new funds bring the total sum raised to date to more than $340M. The company said the additional funds will be used to support further development of the Lilium Jet as well as underpinning preparations for...

  • The founders of Lilium with the first prototype Sebastian Born, Patrick Nathen, Daniel Wiegand and Matthias Meiner.

    Lilium Goes Its Own Way

    Lilium Goes Its Own Way

    Vertiflite visited Lilium in Germany for an update on an eVTOL developer that stands out from the crowd for a number of reasons.

    By Richard...

  • Lilium Eagle Prototype 2-seater eVTOL, Germany.

    Lilium Jet “Eagle” Prototype (Defunct)

    "Eagle" PrototypeLilium GmbHWessling, Germanywww.lilium.com

    Lilium GmbH is a Germany-based start-up co-founded in 2015 by four aerospace engineers and product designers — Daniel Wiegand, Sebastian Born, Patrick Nathen and Matthias Meiner — all from the Technical University of Munich (Wessling is a municipality located near Munich, Germany). Wiegand...

  • Lilium Expands to London

    Based outside of Munich, Germany, Lilium announced on June 11 that it had selected London to be “the base for a world-class software team it plans to develop.” Hundreds of high-end software engineering roles will be created in the city over the next five years as the business seeks to make affordable, electric, on-demand air taxis a reality by 2025. Jobs will also be added in their existing hubs in Munich and Zurich. Additionally, Lilium appointed...

  • Lilium 5-seater all electric jet unmanned untethered first flight May 4, 2019 Munich, Germany.

    Lilium Flies Five-Seat Prototype

    Munich-based Lilium unveiled its new five-seater air taxi Lilium Jet on May 16, after the prototype had made its unmanned maiden flight on May 4 at 08:03 am. The Lilium Jet uses small electric fans, which the company calls “jet engines.” According to Lilium’s news release, “The full-scale, full-weight prototype is powered by 36 all-electric jet engines that allow it to take-off and land vertically, while achieving...

  • LiliumJet rendering

    Lilium Raises $90M

    In early September, Munich-based Lilium announced that it had raised $90M in a Series B funding round. Investors included Chinese tech giant Tencent; private banking and asset management firm LGT; U.K.-based venture capitalist firm Atomico (a Series A investor); and Obvious Ventures. The company flew the unmanned “Eagle” prototype of “the world’s first electric VTOL jet” in April. Lilium said it has raised more than $100M overall, and planned...

  • Lilium Jet Hover (close up)

    Charging Forward: New eVTOL Concepts Advance

    Charging Forward: New eVTOL Concepts Advance

    By Kenneth I. Swartz

    Look! Up in the sky! It’s a car — It’s a plane — No, it’s my UberAir!

    Vertiflite, Jul-Aug 2017

    To those immersed in the world of traditional...

  • Lilium Jet eVTOL flying from a March 23, 2020 press release. Germany.

    Lilium Jet

    Lilium JetLilium GmbHWessling, Germanywww.lilium.com

    Lilium GmbH is a Germany-based start-up co-founded in 2015 by four aerospace engineers and product designers — Daniel Wiegand, Sebastian Born, Patrick Nathen and Matthias Meiner — all from the Technical University of Munich (Wessling is a municipality located near Munich, Germany).

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  • Air Mobility Bonanza Beckons Electric VTOL Developers

    Air Mobility Bonanza Beckons Electric VTOL Developers

    By Richard Whittle

    Vertiflite, Mar-Apr 2017

    In this continuation from last issue’s article, “The Demand for On-Demand Mobility,” Vertiflite reports on companies pursuing visions aligned with Uber’s Elevate White...

  • e-volo Volocopter

    German Ultralight VTOL Innovations

    German Ultralight VTOL Innovations

    By Ian Frain

    Vertiflite, Sept-Oct 2016

    The German aerospace industry has enjoyed global success and recognition in design and innovation over the decades.

    One prime example is the Airbus Helicopters-legacy Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm (MBB) Bo 105...