The Volocopter Completes Its First Manned Flight

Who doesn’t love a drone? From being used as video recorders and photography tools to their use in creating a whole new form of racing, they’ve come a long way from fantasy tools for soldiers and spies. E-Volo is just one of many one of many groups that want to change what drones can do, in this case, they want to let YOU ride within a many-rotor electric helicopter; as a super drone.

The Volocopter VC200 received its flight permit in Germany, meaning that managing director of E-Volo, Alexander Zosel could take to the sky in the 18 rotor helicopter. In what seems to be a smooth and seamless take off the flight goes just as well with the Volocopter gliding around the field and was even described as responding instantly to the actions put into it.

During interviews after the flight, the companies reactions were positive, with them showing that the Volocopter could be considered as an alternative to cars with everyone being able to own their own which, with the use of a touch pad, would be able to self-drive itself to your favourite location. Why have a flying car when you can have a personal helicopter?

Meet the Drone-Based Hoverbike That Could Revolutionise Travel

We all know how easy to use drones are. Many of us have taken to the skies with a drone, performing tricky stunts and captured amazing video footage, but what if we could ride one of those drones?

Well, this project, the ‘Hoverbike’, is said to be exactly that. It utilises drone-like technology to make manned-flying easy and even cheap. Its creators say that pretty much anyone can get the experience of flying a helicopter at a significantly lower price and with significantly less training using the Hoverbike. The most exciting thing however, is that all of this is apparently just around the corner.

The developers of the bike have had a successful Kickstarter campaign, drawing more than double the money they requested. They did this through selling scaled drone prototypes that backers could receive to see the Hoverbike technology in action.

You can see those prototypes and more in the video below.

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See The E-Volo 18 Rotor Electic Helicopter In Action

The e-volo looks unlike any helicopter we have every seen. The Volocopter features 18 electric rotors and has become one of the first ever electric helicopters to make a successful flight and has so far reached heights of around 18 meters during test flights.

It may not be as capable as most modern helicopters, but it is designed to hold two people while travelling up to 100km at a maximum altitude of 6500 feet and it capable of fully automated flight thanks to its range of computers and sensors.

Each of the six rotors are controlled by 20 different computers and 6 different battery blocks that features a 50% power reserve. This means that should 2 of the blocks fail, then the Volocopter will still keep running and be able to make a safe landing.

The German made Volocopter is not only quieter, more efficient and safer than normal helicopters and there is no doubt that the technology behind it is awesome.

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Thank you Geeky Gadgets for providing us with this information.

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Domino’s Pizza Faster Delivery With The DomiCopter

Perhaps you are too young to remember, but many moons ago, or about 20 years ago Domino’s pizza guaranteed their pizza to arrive at your front door in 30 minutes or less. First offered in 1979, and discontinued in 1993, many pizza places are able to deliver a pizza within 30 minutes though, it is all a matter of how busy they are, and how close the delivery is. Domino’s is playing with the idea of air delivery.

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Domino’s Pizza is trying to be new and innovative, probably because their pizza tastes like garbage, even with all of the changes that they have made in recent years. I am not sure if it is just because they don’t use quality ingredients or if it is because their employees just don’t put any love into their work. Of course that doesn’t stop Domino’s Pizza from being one of the most popular pizza chains out there! As with most fast food, it is affordable, though I would rather pay more for the quality.

The fast food pizza giant has devised a new method for pizza delivery, utilizing a drone like a helicopter, which allows it to travel vertically, horizontally and every way in between. With the drone being in the air, it avoids hazards that may be on the ground and traffic, insuring that your pizza will be delivered hot and fresh. The drone will be called the DomiCopter, called in T + Biscuts requesting that they design a remote-controlled drone aircraft. The idea is that a pizza can reach anywhere within a four mile radius in under ten minutes, faster than a human would be able to deliver.

Domino’s Pizza has yet to announce if they will use the device or the technology, but it is available, perhaps you will have a pizza delivered by the DomiCopter soon.

Special thanks the T + Biscuts for bringing to life this new and innovative technology.

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