The German startup Lilium has recently announced a partnership with the avionics provider Honeywell and the Japanese automotive specialist Denso to co-develop and manufacture electric motors for the Lilium Jet.
The eVTOL aircraft strongly relies on its 30 ducted fan motors mounted on wings and canards. The propulsion system needs to be powerful, light and most of all extremely reliable. According to Denso, which provides both stator and rotor of the motor, delivering an output of 100 kW and weighing less than 4 kg.
In the meanwhile, the company has also shared on 31st May the achievement of the main wing transition. The test verified the critical phase in which the aircraft switch from hover to wing-borne flight.
The test campaign will continue in the summer, focusing on the transition of the forward canards and the high-speed flight.