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Lilium has completed flight tests of electric jet

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    A radical zero-emission electric plane capable of vertical take-off and landing has successfully completed flight tests.

    The two-seater Lilium Jet carried out a series of tests above Germany, including a mid-air maneuver in which it transitions from hover mode to forward flight, the firm has revealed.

    And, Lilium also revealed that it is working on a larger, five-seater version that the firm says could soon be used for ride-sharing services.


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    The pod-like plane can achieve both vertical take-off and landing (VTOL), like a helicopter, and jet-powered flight.

    This allows it to fly for nearly 200 miles at a maximum cruising speed of over 180 miles per hour.

    Lilium Jet's 100 percent electric design means it is far more efficient than typical aircraft.

    According to Lilium, this is the only electric aircraft capable of both VTOL and jet-powered flight.

    It relies on 36 jet engines, which are mounted to the wings by 12 moveable flaps.

    As it can take-off and land vertically, it needs just a small open space or landing pad on a building, as opposed to a lengthy runway.



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    Hang on, how does an electric plane achieve jet powered flight? By definition that requires the burning of fuel to provide thrust.

    This is intriguing though and I'm gonna look into this a bit more deeply later when I have more time.
     
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    Then the water jet in a jet ski isn't a jet either then @qubit as it doesn't burn fuel in the jet to produce thrust, and this aircraft will use the same principles as a jet ski to produce thrust
     
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    It's not the same thing at all.

    The power from a water jet comes from a fan/turbine pushing it out the back.

    A jet engine in an aircraft gets its thrust by burning fuel, which then expands providing that thrust - a whole lot of it at that. Fans and turbines then help to boost the power output and also prevent the engine from blowing up.
     
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    Dorset where else eh? >>> Thats ENGLAND<<<
    electric moter to spin jet turbine
    which sucks air in the front and ejects compressed air from rear of turbine ( at a much higher pressure/thrust and velocity)
    That makes it jet Engine
    my guess

    This is the Same principal the vectored thrust of a Harrier works for its Front Vectored thrust nozzles

    in the harriers case air is Bled from the Engine turbine to provide thrust
     
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    Exactly what I was thinking/meant
     
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    This could be totally bad ass!!!!! Could revolutionize transportation!
     
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