Watch an 18-rotor electric helicopter take its first manned flight


The designers still have to ramp up their tests to the point where the Volocopter hits its full 60MPH top speed, but they're now confident enough that they hope to take pre-orders later this year. It'll likely only be limited to enthusiasts at first, but the dream is to use the aircraft's unique properties to expand what's possible. Since it's easy to fly, fuel-free and relatively quiet, you could use it for personal flights over noise-sensitive areas without requiring gobs of training or exorbitant maintenance costs. While E-Volo's grand visions of multicopters air taxis seem premature (you need more than one passenger seat for that, to begin with), they're no longer that outlandish.

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