The Volocopter VC1 utilizes sixteen individual rotors for up to 20 minutes of flight. The multicopter weighs 80 kg (176.4 lb) and has a 5 m by 5 m profile (16.4 ft by 16.4 ft).
Volocopter employee Thomas Senkel flew the aircraft for the first time on October 21, 2011, marking it the first flight of a manned electric multirotor. This flight lasted only 90 seconds, but served its purpose as the prototype to later Volocopter models like the Volocopter VC200 and Volocopter 2X.
The Volocopter VC1 was succeeded by the Volocopter VC2, which was an unmanned demonstrator that featured 18 propellers instead of 16. Its body consists of an aluminum truss frame with a central seat for test payloads. This device debuted at EAA AirVenture in 2012.
Note: The company was known as “e-volo GmbH” until July 2017.
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- Article: Air Mobility Bonanza Beckons Electric VTOL Developers, Vertiflite, March/April 2017
- Article: The Demand for On-Demand Mobility, Vertiflite, January/February 2017
- Article: It’s official, It’s a Volocopter Video (VC2), Sustainable Skies, July 16, 2012
- Article: E-Volo VC1 Volocopter has 16 rotors, flies over rush hour traffic, recombu, May 8, 2012
- Video: World’s first manned flight with an electric multicopter, forschungsbuero, November 20, 2013