E-Volo — Manned Electric Multi-Copter Takes Flight

E-Volo — Manned Electric Multi-Copter Takes Flight

Where does RC electric Tech and General Aviation Tech come together?  Late in October 2011, a group of German tinkerers successfully completed the world’s first manned flight with an electric-powered “multi-copter.” With 16 redundent motors and rotors, the pilot sits atop the machine and controls it with an RC transmitter. The one-minute-and-30-second flight was proof of concept for the machine that could one day find use for tasks such as inspecting wind turbines and pipelines or taking aerial photographs — It is also extremely safe to fly, it something should go wrong, it can land even if 4 of its 16 rotors should fail. And since there is no propeller above the pilot, a safety parachute could also be deployed. The machine weighs 176 pounds  and is light enough to be classified as an FAA Legal ultralight.

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The multiple rotor  electric power source  is “off the shelf lithium-ion batteries and brushless motors and controllers. In its current configuration, there’s enough juice for 20 minutes of flight. Compared to flying a plane, the E-volo is simple to operate.

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Updated: November 4, 2011 — 9:25 AM

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  1. I just watched the video here, amazing!

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