World’s first manned flight with an electric multicopter

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At the end of October 2011, Thomas Senkel of e-volo had completed a series of unmanned tests and was ready for the first manned flight on 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.

Thomas Senkel, who built the machine with two friends in south-west Germany, piloted the extraordinary aircraft on its maiden 1min 30sec journey. The remarkable contraption looks like a helicopter (pictured) but has 16 rotors and an open top - and its creators say it is cheap and eco-friendly too.


Written by physicsgg

November 5, 2011 at 9:38 am


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