Electric Flight

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First manned flight of the Volocopter VC200

This already happened back in April.  It’s worth a look around their website for all the latest information and pictures:  http://www.volocopter.com/index.php/en/

Truly astonishing – With a hybrid version for range, in the short term, new battery technologies being developed and integrated flight corridors to manage autopilots we could soon be flying with less noise, disruption and pollution than using the roads.  That’s the dream of course, and we’d have to accept the sky being full of people, plus this won’t replace road and rail for mass commuting, but it might in the end be better than motorways choked with traffic and fumes – – – ?

“A positive aspect of electric vehicle development is the rapid development of battery technology throughout the world. A considerable increase in battery capacity is anticipated in the near future, enabling increased flight duration. In the meantime we are working in parallel on the integration of a serial hybrid drive to extend the application options of the Volocopter.”

Here’s the video on YouTube:

 

 

About John Coppinger

John Coppinger was born 13th July 1947 in Kent. He went to Maidstone College of Art in Kent and later St. Martins School of Art in London. His fascination with science and art was the main reason he enjoyed working as a Scientific Model Maker for the Natural History Museum, London. He worked there till 1980 and some of his models are still on display today. After leaving the Museum, his career in the film industry started with Jim Henson’s “The Dark Crystal” (1981); a fantasy movie that reached cult status over the years. The second movie he worked on, “Return of the Jedi”, would become even more of a cult. He was an Animatronic Engineer for Stuart Freeborn; sculpting Jabba the Hutt and operating the character's eyes via radio control on set. Pursuing work in the film industry, John worked as a sculptor on various movies. A few examples are: “Greystoke” (1983), “Santa Claus” (1986), “Little Buddha” (1992), “Fifth Element” (1996), “Lost in Space” (1997), “The Mummy” and “The Mummy returns” (1998 & 2001) as well as the first three “Harry Potter” movies (between 2000 and 2003). Tertiary is his first published novel, combining his love for writing, science and art.
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