Wingless (Multicopter)

  • Kenyan Passenger Drone manned flight test

    Kenyan Passenger Drone

    Kenyan Passenger Drone
    Morris Mbetsa
    Kenya

    The Kenyan Passenger Drone was created by Morris Mbetsa, a self-taught inventor and electrical engineer. This drone is flown either autonomously, remotely, or manually with a joystick. In May 2018, Mbetsa began the unmanned flight tests of the Kenyan Passenger Drone, which proved successful, allowing for manned flight tests to begin in June 2018. The prototype used in the flight tests is not the final design, as the final...

  • EHang 216

    EHang 216 Autonomous Aerial Vehicle
    EHang
    Guangzhou, China
    www.ehang.com/ehang184

    EHang is a dominant player in the quadcopter drone market. The company hopes to extend its unmanned electric VTOL technology to manned applications. The EHang 216 is based on the EHang 184, yet it has eight arms instead of four. This allows for the vehicle to be seat two passengers instead of just one.

    The EHang 216 Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (“AAV”) was first announced in February...

  • Volocopter 2X Side View

    Volocopter 2X

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

    The Volocopter 2X is a refined version of the VC200, with a limited number of pre-production prototypes now under development for future sale. The aircraft, with 18 non-tilting propellers, made its first unmanned flight in September 2017. The first manned flight was in 2018, causing Volocopter to claim this as the world’s first 2-seat electric VTOL aircraft. The aircraft is designed for up to 100 km/h (55...

  • Sky-Hopper flight test

    Sky-Hopper

    Sky-Hopper
    Sky-Hopper
    Helioo, Netherlands
    www.tinagebel.wixsite.com/sky-hopper

    The Sky-Hopper prototype is comprised of lightweight aluminum struts with a small central seat. The pilot utilizes a remote control transmitter to control the 16 DC propellers. The next version of the Sky-Hopper will have an enclosed fuselage, to ensure comfort during flight.

     

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  • chAIR Multicopter in flight

    chAIR Multicopter

    chAIR Multicopter
    amazingDIYprojects
    Sweden
    www.amazingdiyprojects.com

    This multicopter was designed by Axel Borg from parts he got from Hobby King. The design features a central seat surrounded by four circular rotor-mounts. The estimated flight time is 14 minutes, but the maximum attempted time is 11 minutes. The estimated build cost was $10,000.

    Components:

    • Control Board: KK 2.1 Multi-Rotor Control Board
    • Motors: Multistar Elite...
  • Swarm Multicopter Flying

    Swarm Multicopter

    Swarm Multicopter
    Gasturbine101
    United Kingdom
    www.youtube.com/gasturbine101

    Gasturbine101's Swarm Multicopter was created using hobby parts as a passion project in his backyard. The Swarm has 54 counter-rotation propellers and six grouped control channels with KK2.15 stabilization. The take-off weight is 148 kg and the maximum lift is approximately 164 kg. The flight length of the Swarm is 10 minutes and the power is approximately...

  • Kitty Hawk at Lake Las Vegas

    Kitty Hawk Flyer

    Flyer
    Kitty Hawk
    Mountain View, California, USA
    www.Flyer.aero

    Kitty Hawk unveiled their 8-propeller prototype Flyer eVTOL in April 2017. The production Flyer, which looks quite different with 10 propellers, was unveiled on June 6, 2018. The aircraft qualifies under the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 103 Ultralight Aircraft category, since it weighs less than 254 lb (115 kg). The company said upon its unveiling, "We’ve designed our first version...

  • Kármán XK-1

    XK-1
    Kármán Inc.
    Scotts Valley, California, USA
    http://karman.aero/

    Kármán anticipates travel in short to medium distances to be dominated by dispatchable VTOL vehicles operating in virtual lanes.

    The XK-1 is a high performance flexible design, scalable for two to eight passengers. It features six electric lift rotors and two electric propulsion propellers.

    "Engineering and fabrication of the XK-1 full-scale passenger transport vehicle is in rapid progress,...

  • Pop.Up Next

    Pop.Up Next
    Airbus-Audi-Italdesign
    Toulouse, France (Airbus)
    Moncalieri, Italy (Italdesign)
    Ingolstadt, Germany (Audi)

    Audi, Italdesign and Airbus combine self-driving car and passenger drone. The Pop.Up Next system is comprised of an air capsule, a cabin, and a ground module. An electric car drivetrain with the mobility of a drone, the passenger cabin is transported on land by an Audi chassis, and allows air travel via an Airbus drone.

    Compared to the original...

  • Boeing Cargo Aerial Vehicle

    Cargo Aerial Vehicle (CAV)
    The Boeing Company

    Boeing completed initial flight tests of an electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) unmanned cargo aerial vehicle (CAV) prototype in 2017. The company says, "The innovative platform is designed to test and evolve Boeing’s autonomy technology for future aerospace vehicles."

    Boeing engineers designed and built the CAV prototype In less than three months. The vehicle stands 4 feet high and measures 15 by 18 feet,...