E-volo’s Volocopter is a revolution in aviation Made in Germany. Safer, simpler, and cleaner than normal helicopters, it has a unique way of moving – a groundbreaking innovation. The Volocopter is an environmentally friendly and emission-free private helicopter. Instead of one combustion engine, eighteen electrically driven rotors propel it


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Comment by Quadzimodo on November 21, 2013 at 9:36am

This is way too exciting.  These guys really have come such a long way in a very short period of time.

Sure, being the world's first green helicopter might be great for press, but I can't wait for the long range hybrid version.

A Solar T62T-32 Titan would be just the ticket, I reckon!

Comment by RC Tech.se on November 21, 2013 at 9:51am

And all this for only 2 million euros in grants. The big companies had not even started for that money

Comment by Josh Potter on November 21, 2013 at 12:30pm

What's the point?  Aircraft that cannot land without power can't get FAA approval. 

Comment by Patrick McKay on November 21, 2013 at 2:24pm

It has an emergency parachute which deploys in the event of a total system failure. I guess it uses that in place of autorotation.

Comment by Jack Crossfire on November 21, 2013 at 3:35pm

Hobbyking needs to sell larger counterrotating propellers.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on November 21, 2013 at 10:05pm

@Josh the USA is not the only country on the planet. That would lift a useful amount of pizza's or tacos.

Comment by Oliver on November 21, 2013 at 10:26pm

Pretty. Can it get its butt off the ground with a pilot on board, and does it come with a really long extension cord or is it powered by a potato and a lemon?

Comment by Gary Mortimer on November 21, 2013 at 10:54pm

I think the question I would ask is just how much ground would I be looking at in forward flight. AscTec are an amazing company with really nice folks working there. Despite what others will say they started the quad revolution really.

Comment by Cliff-E on November 22, 2013 at 1:29am

That's a really, really nice (e.g. clean) indoor arena. I'm sure ground effect played a big part in this experiment and why they were surprised that it hovered well. Then again, I'm sure they were counting on ground effect to actually make it happen, and being indoors just helps immensely.

I'd be interested if they devised a fast enough motor controller (the challenge with heavy lifters), & of course, lots of computer modeling for throttle control, and likely did the 1800's method: make sure everything is balanced to perfection and the motors matched (e.g. a Ladybird, yes, like a QR Ladybird does!).

The efficiency vs battery capacity... again, is the challenge for electric. But for human transport, I'd go with the X2...

Comment by Ettore Esposito on November 22, 2013 at 3:49am

It's a beautiful experiment, it flights noiseless. But do we need a PAV with eighteen props? I think that we have to go through a bicopter/quadcopter with high efficiency and good controllers to simplify the flight. 


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