e-volo 18-rotor electric helicopter makes first maiden flight e-volo 18-rotor electric helicopter makes first maiden flight
nov 26, 2013

e-volo 18-rotor electric helicopter makes first maiden flight

e-volo electric 18-rotor helicopter makes first maiden flight
all images courtesy e-volo




the e-volo VC200 has become the first electric helicopter to make a successful maiden flight, with multiple flights lasting several minutes and reaching heights of nearly 22 meters high. together with 18-rotor blades and a disassemblable architectural system, the volocopter has been designed to host two passengers for distances of up to 100km and a flight altitude of up to 6500 ft. equipped with an automated control system, the pilot no longer needs to worry about flight conditions: the E-copter is controlled via on-board computers that work in coordination with numerous hi-tech sensors.



e-volo VC200 first flight
video courtesy forschungsbuero





all parts connect to an intelligent mesh network. in the event of a failure of several components, the low-maintenance aircraft is still able to land safely. the construction of the helicopter integrates six rotor arms with three drives which are supplied from different energy sources. each is powered by 20 independent computers, capable of individually navigating the volocopter in mid-air. in the current prototype of the VC200, the 18 drives are supplied by six central battery blocks with a reserve capacity of 50%; even when two battery blocks fail, a safe landing is possible.



the VC200 has been designed to host 2 passengers for distances of up to 100km and a flight altitude of up to 6500 ft



rear view of the VC200 volocopter by e-volo



the e-volo VC200 has become the first electric helicopter to make a successful maiden flight



six central battery blocks in dissassembled state



  • great job congratulations

    Aberto says:
  • Un trés beau DESIGN que je mettrais bien dans mon jardin pour aller à ANNECY ou à travailler à COURCHEVEL….sans pollution…!

    RETSIN Marc says:
  • @Marc : sans pollution ? Tout dépend comment est produite l’électricité qui l’alimente… Et si vous êtes nombreux à faire le même trajet, il va y avoir du sport !

    JMB says:
  • CONGRATULATIONS ! it would have been awsome if it had a collapsible blades. All the best

    Manoj says:
  • Oh yes just go ahead and comment in French on an international website… Nice helicopter BTW.

    pickname says:
  • Is there a tradeoff between number of rotors and efficiency? Seems quadcopter drones are the same. Would it be inefficient to use one rotor? Why do conventional helicopters not do this? Weight of transmission/engine perhaps? Very cool though!

    Bing translation due to my awful french:
    Y at-il un compromis entre nombre de rotors et efficacité ? Semble quadcopter drones sont les mêmes. Il serait inefficace d’utiliser un rotor ? Pourquoi des hélicoptères classiques n’en pas ? Poids de la transmission/moteur peut-être ? Très cool si !

    Mark Wright says:

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