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This flying car startup will bring a “vertiport” to Orlando – ArchPaper

Flying taxi startup Lilium is betting big in Orlando, as it announced plans to build an air hub in the planned community of Lake Nona.

The Y-shaped vertiport would bring short-range regional air travel to Southern Florida. (Courtesy Lilium)
The Y-shaped vertiport would bring short-range regional air travel to Southern Florida. (Courtesy Lilium)

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It looks like German flying taxi startup Lilium is beating Uber to the skyways, as the Munich-based company revealed yesterday that it’s planning to build a “vertiport” in Orlando, Florida, with the hope to have passengers in the air by 2025.

Announced for the 17-acre planned “smart” community of Lake Nona in Orlando, the first vertiport in the U.S., from the renderings, is disappointingly horizontal. The 56,000-square-foot facility resembles a pretty typical airport terminal building, rather than the exotic and futuristic electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) towers proposed by competitors. From the renderings, Lilium’s electric mini jets would taxi and take off from a single-story, Y-shaped vertiport, likely kept short to fit in with the low-slung mixed-use neighborhood. As Lilium expands, the company also expects to deploy different vertiport typologies depending on the location.

Instead of the more drone-like flying taxis proposed by Boeing, Bell, and others, Lilium is using a fixed-wing jet design with capacity for up to five passengers at a time. However, 36 electric motors mounted on each taxi can rotate to provide either horizontal or vertical thrust, and each taxi will ultimately be able to travel up to 186 miles on a single charge at 186 miles per hour.

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