E-volo Electric Multicopter Takes Off; First Manned Flight Video Inside

Guys, this is amusingly green. Germany based e-volo has come up wit a prototype battery powered multicopter. And we have its first flight here on video. The prototype weighs in at 80 kg (176.4 lb) and uses 16 propellers to push itself aloft. It alters the speeds of the individual motors in order to balance itself on all three axes. The craft also has an incorporated yoga ball to soften the landing.

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A series of unmanned tests were conducted last month, after which the company thought it was time to get a human being on board. The first human to pilot the vehicle was none other than Thomas Senkel, the man who conceived and constructed the craft.

The first flight lasted for 30 seconds and after the ride, Senkel said that the flight characteristics are good natured and that without any steering input it would just hover there on the spot.

Human Multicopter  1Advancement in the battery technology should be able to bring in some developments in this prototype craft to make it stay airborne for 10 to 30 minutes.

The company also aims at developing multi-seat crafts like this which could stay in the air for an hour or longer.

Way to go guys.

Enjoy the video.

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