18-rotor electric helicopter makes maiden flight

18-rotor electric helicopter makes maiden flight

If its 18 rotors aren’t enough to get you excited, this crazy flying machine has a “pleasant sonorous sound,” according to German engineers who built the Volocopter VC200 this is a very latest technology .
The successor to the even more outrageous Volocopter VC1 is being billed as “the world’s first green helicopter,” but a number of other projects have also claimed that title.
The multicopter recently took to the skies for the first time in a series of remote-controlled, unmanned flights in an arena in Karlsruhe, Germany.
“Rich and incredibly quiet sound, absolutely no noticeable vibrations in the flight, convincing structure with a great, new spring strut landing gear, and an extremely calm rotor plane,” was how Alexander Zosel, managing director of developer E-volo, described the nine flights, which lasted a total of about 20 minutes.

As seen in the gallery below, the highly eccentric VC1 craft was used in a stunt in which a pilot sat on a ball amid 16 rotors.
The VC200, however, has a proper cockpit for two, and is described as a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) manned aircraft that doesn’t quite fit into any traditional category of flying machine.
It has 18 zero-emission, battery-powered electric motors for propulsion instead of the traditional combustion engines of helicopters. A frame and branching supports for rotors are made of carbon fiber help keep the weight down.
E-volo says the Volocopter VC200 can offer passengers a quiet, smooth, green ride. The vehicle is also easy to fly by joystick, and will have low operating and maintenance costs.

Sources by: news.cnet

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