Piloted

  • Snowstorm in flight

    NUS Snowstorm

    Snowstorm
    National University of Singapore
    Queenstown, Singapore
    www.eng.nus.edu.sg/

    The Snowstorm multirotor eVTOL was created by a team of students at the National University of Singapore (NUS). It is composed of a hexagonal aluminum frame, carbon fiber plates, kevlar ropes, and rubber landing gear to ensure a safe flight. Additionally, the team used 3D printing when a specific fit was needed.

    The team started with a one-sixth size prototype, then moved to a...

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    ManDrone

    ManDrone
    Voorthuizen, Netherlands
    www.onemandrone.com/

    ManDrone is an eight-rotor multicopter that is capable of carrying one passenger. It was created by Winfried Rijssenbeek, and is based on his earlier Humming Man Project.

    A scaled prototype is currently being tested, which allows for a 100 kg (220.46 lb) payload. The company aims to have a full-scale prototype working soon, in order to complete manned flight tests. Additionally, the aircraft has eight motors in...

  • Volocopter VC1 In Flight

    Volocopter VC1/VC2 (defunct prototypes)

    VC1/VC2
    Volocopter GmbH (originally e-volo GmbH until July 2017)
    Karlsruhe, Germany
    www.volocopter.com

    The Volocopter VC1 utilized 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).

    e-volo co-founder Thomas Senkel was the primary designer, inventor and builder of the VC1 and VC2; he also flew the VC1 for the first time on October 21, 2011, making it the first flight...

  • Moller Skycar 200 mockup

    Moller Skycar M200

    Moller Skycar M200
    Moller International / Freedom Motors
    Dixon, CA, USA
    moller.com
    freedom-motors.com

    The Moller Skycar M200 is a two-passenger commuter aircraft from the makers of the Moller Skycar M400. This aircraft is outfitted with redundant systems, multiple safety features, and its Flight Control System (FCS), which eliminates the complexities of flying.

    A unique characteristic of the aircraft is the wings, as they fold up to ensure a compact frame. The...

  • AgustaWestland Project Zero (defunct)

    Project Zero
    AgustaWestland
    Cascina Costa, Italy
    www.leonardocompany.com

    Project Zero is an all-electric-powered, hybrid tiltrotor/fan-in-wing technology incubator created by AgustaWestland. It shocked the world in 2013 when it was announced that it had been flying for years before.

    The aircraft was flown in secured areas several times in 2011 and 2012 at AgustaWestland's Cascina Costa facilities, including flights with and without the ducted shrouds around its...

  • Assen A1 mockup

    Assen A1

    A1
    Assen Aeronautics
    Miami, Florida, USA
    www.assen.aero

    The Assen Aeronautics A1 is a hybrid electric personal flying device, created by founder and CEO Assen Andonov. The working prototype took two and half years to produce, and is now being tested at the companies south Florida facilities. The company aims to stage its first technology demonstration in 2019, including multiple races.

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  • Electric Jet EJ-1

    EJ-1
    Electric Jet Aircraft
    Anderson, Indiana, USA
    www.electricjetaircraft.com/

    The EJ-1 was a submission for Boeing's GoFly prize, which built off of 11 years of development by Electric Jet Aircraft on a gas-powered VTOL. The jetpack has a base weight of 69 pounds (31 kg) and can lift a person for 2-14 minutes depending on their weight. It is a hybrid system, as roll is controlled and balanced by a computer, but forward, reverse, and yaw maneuvers are manually controlled. The EJ-1...

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    Hi-Lite Lynx-us

    Lynx-us
    Hi-Lite Aircraft LLC
    Bannister, Michigan, USA
    www.vtolcruze.com

    The Hi-Lite Lynx-us was designed to fit the U.S. military's Future Vertical Lift needs, as its "Integrated Power Package" can be applied to all different models of the Lynx-us platform. This means that the Lynx-us can be scaled up or down, depending on if the needs are civilian, emergency, or military. In 2018, Hi-Lite submitted patents for the Leading Edge Articulating Propulsion (LEAP) and...

  • Video frame of the first free flight hover test (the appearance of four blades per rotor is an artifact of the video capture).

    Solution F

    Solution F
    Solution F
    Venelles, France
    www.solutionf.fr

    In late 2009, Eric Chantriaux, the managing director of Solution F, a French-based company, decided to design, build and fly the world’s first fully electric powered helicopter. The deadline was aggressive: 6 months from concept to prototype. Design work started in August 2010; all development was conducted in Venelles, France.

    The first hover flight, witnessed by a court bailiff, was carried out on August...

  • Tier 1 in flight

    Tier 1 Robinson R44

    Robinson R44
    Tier 1
    Santa Ana, California, USA
    www.tier1engineering.com

    The Tier 1 Robinson R44 was built under contract from Lung Biotechnology PBC as an Electrically-Powered Semi-Autonomous Rotorcraft for Organ Delivery (EPSAROD). The idea is that the Tier 1 will be able to quickly transport manufactured organs to those that need them at nearby hospitals. The modification of the R44 took six months with Tier 1's nine-person team. The aircraft utilizes...