E-Volo VC200, a vertical-takeoff-and-landing, semi-autonomous, two-seat multicopter with an electric engine, revolutionizes private aviation
Back in November E-volo celebrated the maiden launch of its electric two-passenger, 18-rotor VC200 Volocopter, operated remotely by company CEO Alexander Zosel. Currently, E-Volo is looking forward to complete the first manned flight of the aircraft. German aviation authorities are trying to create a new aircraft category that the Volocopter can fit into, so it can be certified for sale.
E-Volo VC200 Volocopter features six arms extending from the central part of the rotor ring that split into twelve more arms, with 18 rotors placed at each juncture. The six battery blocks provide the rotor drives with twenty minutes of emission-free flight time, but E-Volo is looking to extend that to an hour or more. Additionally, range extenders are envisioned for the final design. The team is aiming for a cruising speed of at least 54 knots (62 mph / 100 km/h) and a flight altitude of 6,500 ft for the production version.
The pilot merely has to command direction via a joystick and the 2-seater, ultralight aircraft glides into the desired position.The Volocopter has twenty independent computers which could theoretically each fly the computer solo.
As safety comes first, the VC 200 features components that mutually monitor each other and compensate for the malfunction of individual components. This means there is no danger even if several motors cease functioning. The pilot can safely continue flying and land. In addition our arrangement of 18 rotors offers considerable efficiency and safety advantages compared to other concepts. In case of turbulence, the Volocopter VC200 immediately stabilizes itself thanks to the automatic altitude control and without the pilot’s intervention.
Image courtesy of volocopter.com
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