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World’s First Manned Electric Multicopter Flight Achieved by e-Volo

Posted By Laura K. Cowan On November 3, 2011 @ 8:15 am In Green Transportation,News | No Comments

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In late October, Thomas Senkel of e-volo [1] completed the world’s first manned flight of an electric multicopter [2] on an airstrip in the southwest of Germany. The flight lasted one minute and 30 seconds. Of the flight, the constructor and test pilot said, “The flight characteristics are good-natured. Without any steering input it would just hover there on the spot.” The video after the jump shows how simple and nimble this aircraft [3] is, using a yoga ball as landing gear stabilized by spidery arms. That the e-volo multicopter’s flight resembles the takeoffs of alien spacecraft in sci-fi movies – it’s able to turn on a dime as it rises into the air.

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Although this multicopter is bare bones and looks as if it would easily be swept around by winds, just imagine this setup encased in a carbon fiber body shell and fitted out with stabilizing equipment. Could this be the green future of flight? All we know is that it looks like a ton of fun. Check out the flight (starting at 1:40 into the video) to see Senkel navigate using a remote control. You can learn more about the multicopter and e-volo’s plans to sell them to the public at the e-volo website [1].

+ e-volo [1]

Via CBS News [5]


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[1] e-volo: http://e-volo.com/Home.html

[2] multicopter: http://multicopter.org/wiki/Main_Page

[3] aircraft: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=aircraft

[4] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L75ESD9PBOw

[5] CBS News: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504784_162-20129156-10391705/worlds-first-manned-flight-with-an-electric-multicopter/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cbsnews%2Ffeed+%28CBSNews.com%29

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