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World’s first manned flight with an electric multicopter

World’s first manned flight with an electric multicopter…

At the end of October 2011, Thomas Senkel of e-volo made the first manned flight with an e-powered multicopter at an airstrip in the southwest of Germany. The flight lasted one minute and 30 seconds, after which the constructor and test pilot stated: “The flight characteristics are good natured. Without any steering input it would just hover there on the spot”. This could be the future of flight, piloting a device as simple as a car.

Scary!


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4 Comments

  1. Is that a pilates ball?

  2. Having worked on high speed rotating equipment, I could never bring myself to put the pilot directly in the scatter plane of all of those rotors.

    I’m glad for them that it worked and no one was hurt!

  3. Hah! I was wondering if it was one of those kid hoppy horse toys… Also, does a helmet seem like enough protective gear? He must really trust the software guy.

  4. Needs to move the center of gravity below the the center of lift. That would have the pilot below the propeller plane and in a much safer configuration.

    Also, needs a ballistic parachute in case of complete failure to lift.

    NOT READY for human flight.

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