Lilium picks Chell pressure scanners for eVTOL development


German electric jet eVTOL developers Lilium is using Chell Instruments gas pressure scanners to help develop its aircraft.

Norfolk, UK-based Chell has supplied the nanoDAQ-LTS to to measure air pressures on the aircraft during testing. The nanoDAQ-LTS is able to withstand extremes of pressure, heat and vibration during use in wind tunnels and flight testing.

Lilium’s eVTOL uses a proprietary method of propulsion called Ducted Electric Vectored Thrust (DEVT),  being developed by engineers at the company. This consists of a series of ducted fans integrated into the wings that provide directional thrust to maneuver the aircraft. The fans are powered by a single-stage rotor/stator system driven by an electric motor.

Jamie Shanahan, sales director at Chell Instruments said, “We’re delighted to be working with such an exciting company, helping them trailblaze the search for sustainable electric jet propulsion. Our technology remains at the forefront of traditional jet turbine development, so it’s fantastic we can also contribute to sustainable air travel.”

The nanoDAQ-LTS senses small changes in pressure with high accuracy with data fed back to engineers through Ethernet and CAN outputs.

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