This 18 Rotor Helicopter Looks Amazingly Futuristic [VIDEO]


Volocopter VC200 First FlightTwo years after the historic first flight with an electric multicopter (eVTOL), the two seater VC200 flew for the first time on November 17th in 2013. Nine remotely controlled flight tests were performed with a total airtime of 20 minutes. You can find out more at: Facebook: facebook.com/volocopter.e.volo/ LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/e-volo Twitter: twitter.com/volocopter Homepage: volocopter.com/en/2013-11-20T20:34:45Z

This is the two-seater VC200, a potentially revolutionary machine that could make helicopters much more simple. That may seem backwards, since most helicopters have two blades, but there’s a lot of shenanigans and complexity involved with using two blades for stable and steady motion, that’s much less so with 18.

Still, the Volocopter is just barely getting its wings, er blades. Some of the first radio-controlled tests took place recently on November 17th as shown in this video and the copter was able to fly about 20 minutes with still some battery capacity remaining.

The team was excited about its “stability, low vibration, and pleasant, sonorous sound.”

It remains to be seen how practical and usable these will be, but if helicopters were simpler and cheaper, the versatile crafts might even be usable for commuters, and that would be awesome.



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