Lilium, developer of the all-electric vertical take-off and landing (“eVTOL”) jet, has selected Aernnova, an aerospace component manufacturer, to collaborate on the Lilium Jet’s propulsion mounting system.
In a press release the company says “A propulsion mounting system or “flap”, the structure that forms the rear part of the wings and front aerofoils, is one of the Lilium Jet’s major components, producing lift by interacting with airflow from the engine. It also houses the propulsion and vectoring systems responsible for vertical and horizontal flight.
“Electric jet engines integrated into the wing flaps provide advantages in payload, aerodynamic efficiency and a lower noise profile, while also providing thrust vector control to manoeuvre the Lilium Jet through every phase of flight.”
The press release reports that the two companies will work together on the design, manufacture, and supply of the Lilium Jet’s flap structure and that “Aernnova is one of the largest Tier 1 aerospace suppliers, providing aerostructure for companies such as Airbus, Boeing and Embraer.”
“The Lilium Jet’s propulsion mounting system” Lilium says “will feature a complex and unique design. The integrated system will serve multiple functions and be modular and scalable. It will utilize lightweight material such as carbon fibre-reinforced epoxy.”
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