This is the official Oshkosh AirVenture 2012 promotion video of e-volo. In the beginning of the video, you can see the worldwide first manned flight with a pure electric VTOL (vertical take off and landing) aircraft. In the second part you can see the concept studies of the future volocopters.
After over a year of work on the development of the volocopter VC1, the e-volo team achieved their goal on the 21st October 2011: The first manned flight world-wide with a purely electrically powered, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft succeeded.
What is a Volocopter?
The e-volo volocopter is a completely novel, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) manned aircraft, which cannot be classified in any known category. The fact that it was conceived of as a purely electrically powered aircraft sets it apart from conventional aircraft.
Through the use of its many propellers, the volocopter can take off and land vertically like a helicopter. A considerable advantage, apart from the simple construction without complex mechanics, is the redundancy of drives. This enables the safe landing of the volocopter even if some drives fail.
How does the volocopter work?
The controls work according to the fly-by-wire principle very easily by means of a joystick. As opposed to any other aircraft, the operation is child’s play. It takes off and lands vertically and the pilot pays little or no attention to the flight path angle, minimum speed, stall, mixture control, pitch adjustment and many other things which make conventional aviation so demanding.
The propellers generate the entire ascending force, and by means of a selective change in rotary speed they simultaneously take care of the steering. Furthermore, as opposed to helicopters, no mechanical pitch control of the propellers is necessary whatsoever.
The automatic position control and the directional control take place by means of several independent and mutually monitoring airborne computers which control the rotation speed of each drive separately.
An optional, additional pusher propeller enables an even faster flight.
Current development of the Volocopter
Together with a network of notable partners from the fields of research and industry, e-volo will press ahead with the development of the technology for the volocopter during the next years.
The aim of the collaboration is a two-seater volocopter which complies with regulations, and is based on the concept study of the VC Evolution 2P with the following aircraft performance:
• a speed of over 54 kn (100 km/h)
• a minimum flight altitude of 6500 ft
• a take-off weight of 450 kg
• more than one hour flight time