'Green' helicopter takes first flight

A ‘green’ helicopter which is powered by a set of electric motors has taken off for the first time. German engineers launched the maiden flight of their remote controlled ‘Volocopter’ […]

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By Vicky Ellis

A ‘green’ helicopter which is powered by a set of electric motors has taken off for the first time.

German engineers launched the maiden flight of their remote controlled ‘Volocopter’ which they describe as “environmentally friendly and emission-free”.

Instead of one combustion engine, eighteen electrically driven rotors propel the two-person helicopter which is made from a lightweight carbon.

Makers said the tests last month “exceeded all expectations” with multiple flights lasting several minutes reaching heights of more than 20metres in the test arena. They were also pleased with “a number of smooth takeoffs and landings”.

Stephan Wolf, Managing Director of e-volo which is behind the project said the first flight created “euphoria” among the entire project team.

The firm touts the Volocopter for being quiet and easy to fly by joystick.