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Lilium to Develop eVTOL Control System with Collins Aerospace

Lilium to Develop eVTOL Control System with Collins Aerospace

German electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) developer Lilium has partnered with Collins Aerospace to design, develop and build the aircraft control system for Lilium jets.

The aircraft inceptors to be developed will combine conventional mechanical and electrical flight controls into two sidesticks, which are easy to access and operate. The system designed for eVTOLs, with “safe and intuitive handling qualities, easy access to functionalities, and an aesthetic, ergonomic design,” can also save space and is lighter than conventional sidesticks.

Collins Aerospace, as part of the agreement, will also certify Lilium Jet’s inceptors for further commercialization, Lilium announced on February 23.

“Our partnership with Collins Aerospace allows us to reap the benefit of five decades of experience in flight deck controls. Our two companies’ collaborative development approach allows us to reimagine the cockpit and pilot experience, and further strengthens our path towards certification and commercialization,” said Yves Yemsi, Chief Operating Officer at Lilium.

Jean-François Chanut, vice president and general manager of Collins Aerospace Propeller Systems said the move is a “first step” towards more automated, sustainable and safe flight operations.

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