Germans claim first flight of manned, electric helicopter
Thomas Senkel of e-volo flies the e-volo multicopter, a battery-powered helicopter with sixteen motors and rotors.
Jim Seida writes
A three-man team from Germany has developed, and flown, a personal helicopter that’s powered by lithium batteries running sixteen motors and turning sixteen rotors. You can read about it in msnbc.com’s Future of Technology blog. Be sure to check out the video below, too.
The propellers create the full lift, and are also responsible for balancing the device on all three axes only by independent speed control of the motors. E-volo from the beginning has been designed entirely as an electrically powered device. Unlike the rotor of a helicopter, the propellers don´t have any pitch control and therefore no wear. These factors make the multicopter mechanically simple, with close to no maintenance necessary.
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