World’s First Manned Flight Aboard an Electric Multicopter [Video]

At the end of October 2011, Thomas Senkel of e-volo made the first manned flight with an electric multicopter at 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.

[Youtube]

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4 Responses to World’s First Manned Flight Aboard an Electric Multicopter [Video]

  1. I think it is awesome but I hope that is not the future of the car as drunk drivers do enough damage as it is without crashing thrue the roof with spinning blades of death

  2. It may be worth considering the inclusion of a chamber filled with lighter-than-air gasses. That way should there be a systems malfunction, the vehicle would maintain a fair amount of buoyancy. Better to sink than plummet.