Gallery: World’s First Manned Electric Helicopter Takes Flight!

If you're wondering why there are electric planes, electric cars, and all kinds of other electric vehicles floating around, but no electric helicopters, it's because these lean machines require a lot of battery power to take off, hover, and land. So F 2
 
If you're wondering why there are electric planes, electric cars, and all kinds of other electric vehicles floating around, but no electric helicopters, it's because these lean machines require a lot of battery power to take off, hover, and land. So when Solution F commissioned electrical and aerospace engineer Pascal Chretien to build an electric helicopter, he knew he needed to replace the most energy-intensive functions, such as the tail rotor and cyclic control, with ultra-lightweight alternatives that would reduce the battery load. And he was successful! Beating aviation giant Sikorsky's record, the manned electric prototype flew untethered for 2 minutes and 10 seconds at considerable personal risk to Chretien, an experienced helicopter pilot.

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