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LONDON — As interest in flying cars continues to swell, one of the most prominent start-ups working on the technology has gained a big new backer.
Lilium Aviation, a German company that held a successful test flight of the Eagle, its two-seat electric jet at their Munich base this year, announced on Tuesday that it has raised $90 million in a new round of financing.
Lilium is among several companies looking to usher in an era of Jetsons-type flying cars, including those backed by the Google co-founder Larry Page, Uber and Airbus. But the two-year-old company is trying to stand out by focusing on an electric jet — unlike other models that effectively function more like hovercraft.
Workhorse CEO Steve Burns introduces the SureFly personal octocopter capable of carrying two passengers up to 70 miles.
originally posted by: dfnj2015
a reply to: neoholographic
I was going to make this thread but I got busy with work. The Lilium is so cool I can't stand it! I want one!
Given the power densities of current battery technologies I wonder how long the flight time would be between charges. Battery capacity equals weight. So the flight time is going to be an issue. By my preliminary calculations for it to fly it would only have a six minute flight time.
originally posted by: Krakatoa
I prefer the Octocopter concept here. Lots of redundancy built in for safety too.