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Lilium gears up for production of the Lilium jet’s electric engines

Lilium announced today that it has started installation of  assembly equipment for the serial production of the Lilium Jet’s propulsion units. The company says prototype Lilium Jet propulsion units are due to start coming off the new line in Q2 2024, to be used for testing and the flight test campaign.

“For design and construction of the Lilium Jet’s propulsion assembly line, Lilium has partnered with Schnaithmann Maschinenbau GmbH, the German automation and robotics company that is also supporting Lilium with workflow design and jigs and tools for Lilium’s aerostructures assembly and the Lilium Jet final assembly line” according to the press release. “Based near the automotive hub of Stuttgart, Schnaithmann is a global provider in designing and supplying automated, scalable industrial solutions, with long-standing partnerships in high-volume industries, especially automotive.

“Collaboration between Lilium and Schnaithmann started several years ago with initial development of production plans for the Lilium Jet. Lilium’s aerostructures assembly line is already utilising equipment provided by Schnaithmann for handling of the Lilium Jet’s wings and canards. The propulsion assembly line announced today is located in the same building as Lilium’s aerostructures assembly line.

“The electric jet propulsion unit is a core company technology and key to providing the required performance, unit economics, and comfort for regional air mobility. Consisting of electric jet engines integrated into the propulsion mounting system that forms the rear part of the wings and front aerofoils, the Lilium Jet’s unique propulsion system will provide advantages in payload, aerodynamic efficiency, and a reduced noise profile, while also providing thrust vector control to manoeuvre the Lilium Jet through every phase of flight.”

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