ABOUT THIS PROJECT
Tell us briefly about your project. Is it a work of art or does it serve another
On October 21st, 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 easy as a car
When did you start working on this project and how long did it take you to complete?
We have needed 14 months to our first flight, which took place on November 21, 2011. Out of the 14 months, we have needed 8 for calculations. Steering, engine and rotors are our own creating.
What was your goal in building this project?
Our goal was to write flight history, we wanted to fly the first manned VTOL. We also wanted to create possible grounds for more green transportation in form of Volocopters. Reduction of emissions in transportation was a goal as well.
Does your project help to solve a problem? If so what problem?
We want to create a more effordable way to fly and transport life savings equipment to aid doctors in 3rd world countries who are working in remote regions and small villages without access to proper roads or other means of transportation. The "pilots license" would be completed after a week of training, in so far it wouldn't be a problem for the physicians to fly the e-volo themselves.
What makes your idea unique?
Short training time, less expensive transportation for human and equipment. Our project is currently exhibited in the eMobility center in Karlsruhe, which are focused on creating mobility of the future.
In what capacity are you using bearings and what type of bearings?
Bearings are typically used in engine, rotor.
What is the most important thing you want people to know about your project?
People should know that the copter seen in the video is not a proper or actual flight equipement indended for human use. The VC1 is only a test object and intended for test flighs. We are currently building a 2 seater with all necessary security and steering features, which will be available in 2012.
How will you use the $5,000 prize?
We would use the money to invest in our workshop and better quality components.