Volocopter

  • Volocopter VC1 In Flight

    Volocopter VC1/VC2 (defunct prototypes)

    VC1/VC2
    Volocopter GmbH
    Karlsruhe, Germany
    www.volocopter.com

    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...

  • Aviation Comes to the Consumer at CES 2018

    Aviation Comes to the Consumer at CES 2018

    By Mike Hirschberg, AHS International Executive Director

    Vertiflite, March/April 2018

    The Consumer Technology Association’s CES 2018 (formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show) took place Jan. 9–12, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Key themes at the largest technology exhibition in the world included the promise...

  • Volocopter VC200 in Dubai

    Dubai is Electric

    Germany’s Volocopter (previously known as “e-volo”) conducted the first public flight of its VC200 in Dubai on Sept. 25 (shown). Flight testing of the prototype for Volocopter’s 2X two-seat production vehicle will “be used for the world’s first self-flying taxi service set to be introduced” by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). The Crown Prince of Dubai, Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, witnessed the maiden flight of the Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT)....

  • Volocopter VC200

    VC200
    Volocopter GmbH
    Karlsruhe, Germany
    www.volocopter.com

    The Volocopter VC200, with 18 non-tilting propellers, made its first unmanned flight in November 2013. Its first manned flight was March 30, 2016; Volocopter 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...

  • e-volo 2X Volocopter, April 2017

    e-volo’s 2X Ready for Production

    At the AERO Friedrichshafen trade show in Germany, e-volo GmbH announced its second eVTOL model: “After six years of development, e-volo is presenting the Volocopter 2X … powered purely by electricity and capable of carrying 2 passengers.” The 2X is refined over the previous VC200 demonstrator. In addition to a much greater payload and cabin refinements, it features a raised more elegant multi-copter assembly, and a battery changing system that allows for swapping batteries within...

  • Air Mobility Bonanza Beckons Electric VTOL Developers

    Air Mobility Bonanza Beckons Electric VTOL Developers

    By Richard Whittle

    Vertiflite, Mar-Apr 2017

    In this continuation from last issue’s article, “The Demand for On-Demand Mobility,” Vertiflite reports on companies pursuing visions aligned with Uber’s Elevate White Paper.

    More...

  • Uber

    The Demand for On-Demand Mobility

    The Demand for On-Demand Mobility

    By Richard Whittle

    Vertiflite, Jan-Feb 2017

    The hurdles are high and there is ample reason for skepticism, but tech entrepreneurs are pushing electric aircraft ideas that could lead to a new era for vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, aka VTOLs (pronounced VEE-talls). The latest...

  • e-volo Volocopter

    German Ultralight VTOL Innovations

    German Ultralight VTOL Innovations

    By Ian Frain

    Vertiflite, Sept-Oct 2016

    The German aerospace industry has enjoyed global success and recognition in design and innovation over the decades.

    One prime example is the Airbus Helicopters-legacy Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm (MBB) Bo 105 light, twin-engine helicopter. This had...

  • Italdesign - Airbus Pop Up

    Electric VTOL News

    Electric VTOL News
    The Latest in eVTOL Developments

    By AHS Staff

    Vertiflite, May-June 2017

    Serious progress is being made around the world in eVTOL development. Here is a roundup of recent news that has come out since the detailed article in the last issue of Vertiflite.

    Airbus Decides...

  • First manned flight of the VC200

    The e-volo VC200 Volocopter

    The e-volo VC200 Volocopter
    The World’s First Certified Multicopter

    By AHS Staff

    Vertiflite, May-Jun 2016

    (e-volo photo by Nikolay Kazakov)

    Karlsruhe, Germany-based e-volo GmbH conducted the first flight of its VC200 Volocopter on March 30 at nearby Bruchsal...