18-rotor electric helicopter makes maiden flight

The Volocopter VC200, which made several remote-controlled flights, is designed to carry two people.

(Credit: E-volo)

If its 18 rotors aren’t enough to get you excited, this crazy flying machine has a “pleasant sonorous sound,” according to German engineers who built the Volocopter VC200.

The successor to the even more outrageous Volocopter VC1 is being billed as “the world’s first green helicopter,” but a number of other projects have also claimed that title.

The multicopter recently took to the skies for the first time in a series of remote-controlled, unmanned flights in an arena in Karlsruhe, Germany.

“Rich and incredibly quiet sound, absolutely no noticeable vibrations in the flight, convincing structure with a great, new spring strut landing gear, and an extremely calm rotor plane,” was how Alexander Zosel, managing director of developer E-volo, described the nine flights, which lasted a total of about 20 minutes.

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