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Engineers Say Flying Chair Is “The Future of Flight” *VIDEO*

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November 3rd, 2011

e-volo multicopterEngineers at German firm E-Volo are calling their new invention—the multicopter—“the future of flight.”

So what the hell is a multicopter? Well, according to their website, it’s “an innovative, vertically starting, human carrying transportation device that is uncatagorisable to its current flight counterparts.”

Or in other words, its a desk chair with a bunch of mini helicopter blades attached to it that can hover about 10 feet in the air.

To be more precise, the e-volo multicopter has 16 propellers that allow it to take off and land just like a helicopter. However, unlike the helicopter, which uses super expensive fuel, the multicopter runs solely on batteries. Although they have only flown the multicopter for 1 minutes and 30 seconds so far, in theory the aircraft can run from somewhere between 10 and 30 minutes.

Other advantages of the e-volo multicopter:

- up to four propellers can fail and you won’t crash to your death
- lack of overhead propeller means you can deploy a parachute
- hell of a lot smaller, quieter, and cheaper than a helicopter
- very simple mechanical design makes for easy repairs

Obviously, the multicopter isn’t going to be replacing traditional aircraft any time soon. But its inventors do see it being quite useful for certain tasks where a helicopter might be too big and/or expensive. For example: sightseeing, taking aerials photographs, inspecting or repairing large facilities, or in certain situations, even air ambulance transportation.

Personally, I think they should figure out how to make a folding multicopter that you can take to work and then put in your briefcase.

[e-volo via Newslite]

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