This emission-free, environmentally friendly helicopter may be the rotorcraft of the future! Designed by German company e-Volo, it has 18 electric motors and can carry two people. After its ground-breaking test flights, the e-Volo managing director commented, “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.” The Volocopter should be commercially available in a few years and is said to be easier to learn to fly than a traditional helicopter. Where do we sign up?
Next are tiny jet engines, hundreds of them on the wing…
So, it goes up into the air (without passengers) but what would propel it forward or make a sharp turn?
@Gary: How can you be on this web site and be that clueless about multi-rotor aircraft. These things are very popular today in both RC and non-RC circles. In order to propel itself in any direction a multi-rotor can bank forward, left, right, or even backwards. The real kicker is they can even yaw left or right. And that’s the bit of physics I don’t quite understand yet with these things but I’m sure it resides in simple logic and aerodynamics.
Gary and Perry,
The physic of how it moves in any direction is pretty simple. So the direction you want it to move, that stick movement reduces speed of the motor closer to direction of movement and the motor at the opposite end increases thrust and thus the quadcopter (or Volocopter in this case) tilts in the direction of movement and starts moving. Total thrust of all motors is more than when it is hovering in one place because now thrust is required equal to the weight of the quadcopter and then some more to move the whole thing in any direction. Therefore when you fly a RC quadcopter in any direction you have to increase throttle otherwise when it moves it starts to lose altitude.
The yaw movement comes from changes in relative RPM of counter rotating props leading to motor torque more in one direction than another.
Emission free?? ROFLMAO, wow another fool that has bought into the NIMBY scam. That is Not In My Back Yard fyi. It means since there is no “emissions” here where the motors are then it must be clean energy. Well Skippy where did the power to charge the batteries come from? Oh yeah a power plant over a less then 80% efficient transmission system….guess what there was “emissions” where the power was generated.
Gawd you uneducated sheeple are sickening.
Gary, I would think it would work under the same principle that quad copters do. The quads are quite agile. Heis, the statement is still true wether you like it or not. The copter is still emission free on its end. Can’t say that about most other forms of motorized transportation.
What is the projected price and what is the estimated range?
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