VC200 and 2X
Volocopter GmbH
Karlsruhe, Germany
www.volocopter.com

The Volocopter VC200, with 18 non-tilting propellers, made its first unmanned flight in November 2013. First manned flight was March 30, 2016; e-volo claimed this as the world’s first 2-seat electric VTOL aircraft. The aircraft is designed for up to 100 km/h (54 kt) and demonstrated a speed of 69 km/h (37 kt) in July 2016. The program is supported by Intel’s Ascending Technologies, DG Flugzeugbau GmbH and others.

The Volocopter  2X is a refined version of the VC200, with a limited number of pre-production prototypes now under development for future sale.

Note: The company was known as “e-volo GmbH” until July 2017.

Volocopter Characteristics (updated April 2017)

VC200 2x
Fuselage length 9.5 ft 2.9 m 10.5 ft 3.2 m
Overall height 6.6 ft  2.0 m 7 ft 2.15 m
Wingspan none none
Tip-to-tip distance 30 ft 9.15 m 30 ft 9.15 m
Empty weight 660 lb 300 kg 640 lb 290 kg
Max gross takeoff wt 990 lb 450 kg 990 lb 450 kg
Useful load 330 lb 150 kg 350 lb 160 kg
Cruise speed 55 kt 100 km/h 55 kt 100 km/h
Propulsors 18 propellers 18 propellers
Motor output 18x 5.3 hp 18x 3.9 kW not available
Power type electric/batteries electric/batteries
Passenger capacity 2 2
First Flight (unmanned) Nov. 17, 2013 2017 (projected)
First Flight (manned) March 30, 2016 2017 (projected)

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