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Volocopter VC200

VC200
Volocopter GmbH
Bruschal, Germany
www.volocopter.com

Volocopter GmbH was founded in 2011 in Karlsruhe, Germany, by Alexander Zosel and Stephen Wolf with the intent of making an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) multicopter aircraft for fast and efficient urban travel. Known as “e-volo GmbH” until being renamed in July 2017, the company is now based in Bruchsal, Germany. Volocopter announced in February 2020 that it had raised a total of €122 million (approx. $145M USD) since inception. 

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the first manned flight of an electric multicopter was the Volocopter VC1 prototype. The VC1 multicopter was flown by co-founder, primary designer, inventor and builder, Thomas Senkel on Oct. 21, 2011.

The Volocopter VC200, with 18 non-tilting propellers, made its first uncrewed flight on Nov. 17, 2013. Its first crewed flight was Mar. 30, 2016. Volocopter claimed this as the world’s first two-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 next generation version of the VC200, with a limited number of pre-production prototypes now under development for future sale.

Volocopter will be manufacturing the aircraft, running the air taxi service, building Voloports, allow passengers to request a flight through an app, will not be selling their aircraft to individuals and will offer air taxi urban travel at competitive prices. Volocopter stated in November 2019 that the VC1, VC2, VC200 and 2X prototypes have collectively made over 1,000 test flights, including in Dubai and Singapore.

For more information on the other aircraft developed by Volocopter, please see the following aircraft pages:

Specifications:

  • Aircraft type: eVTOL 
  • Capacity: 2 passengers
  • Cruise speed: 100 km/h (62 mph)
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 450 kg (992 lbs)
  • Empty weight: 300 kg (661 lbs)
  • Maximum payload weight: 150 kg (331 lbs)
  • Propellers: 18
  • Electric motors: 18
  • Motor output: 18x 3.9 kW (18 x 5.3 hp)
  • Power source: Batteries
  • Length of fueslage: 2.9 m (9.5 feet)
  • Height: 2 m (6.6 ft)
  • Diameter of rotor frame: 9.15 m (31 ft)
  • Safety features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), provides safety through redundancy for its passengers and/or cargo. DEP means having multiple propellers and motors on the aircraft so if one or more motors or propellers fail, the other working motors and propellers can safely land the aircraft.

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