Volocopter

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VC-2
Evolovc2.jpg
Role Multirotor
National origin Germany
Manufacturer e-volo
First flight November 2013
Introduction 2012
Status In development
Developed from E-volo VC1
e-volo VC-1 prototype

The e-volo VC200 Volocopter is a single-place experimental electric multirotor helicopter.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The e-volo VC-2 (or VC-200) is the second in a series of multirotor designs from the German company e-volo. The single-place, 16 motor, all-electric e-volo VC1 "Volocopter" was demonstrated on 21 October 2011. The VC2 is the next follow-on with 18 engines suspended around an aluminum truss frame that includes a center-mounted seat, battery, and Battery Management Unit. The proof-of-concept aircraft will be used to develop the E-volo VC Evolution 2P, a two-passenger enclosed volocopter with extended range and weight capabilities.[2]

The VC200 was demonstrated unmanned in November 2013 at an enclosed arena in Karlsruhe, Germany.[3][4][5] Two prototypes performed unmanned flight tests, with the first manned flight made on March 30, 2016 by Alexander Zosel.[6][7]

Specifications (VC2)[edit]

Data from EAA, Manufacturer

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Powerplant: 18 × Direct drive electric, 2 kW (2.7 hp) each
  • Propellers: two-bladed
External image
VC200 Video

References[edit]

  1. ^ "e-volo VC2 to Make World Debut at AirVenture". Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "The world premiere of the VC2 at AirVenture in Oshkosh/USA". Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "REVOLUTIONARY GREEN HELICOPTER MAKES MAIDEN FLIGHT" Press Release, Vertical Magazine 21 November 2013. Accessed: 21 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Volocopter". e-volo.com. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "First Flight For Two-Seat Electric Rotorcraft". Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "World Premiere: Volocopter is Flying Manned! - Dawn of a Revolution in Urban Mobility". Yahoo Finance. 7 April 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "First Manned Flight For Volocopter". avweb.com. Retrieved 8 April 2016.