Stop teasing and give us our flying cars already

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2013 - 10:12 AM |
Tagged: flying car, e-volo, octadecacopter

You may remember a video featuring an unholy combination of an excercise ball and a quadrocopter from a company called e-volo.  Over the past two years they have made a lot of progress towards creating a real electric flying car by teaming up with a variety of companies each with their own technical specialties.  The carbon fibre composite frame and props were developed by an established sail plane company while the fail safe ballistic parachute was designed by a German aviation company.  Many other companies have tried developing everything in house which is likely why you don't see M400X's everywhere by now.  As you can see by the design the VC200 is similar to a scaled up quadrocopter with brushless electric motors powering the 18 props; far more than are actually needed so that you will remain in the air even if some fail.  Other safety features include a backup battery which can only be used to land and the aforementioned parachute which does not have to worry about rotor placements like on a traditional helicopter.  You can see some of the development history at Hack a Day.

"The e-volo VC200 has made it’s maiden unmanned flight. Does the craft above look a bit familiar? We first reported on the e-volo team back in 2011. Things have been going great for the team since then. They’ve created an 18 motor (Octadecacopter?) prototype dubbed the VC200."

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Source: Hack a Day
December 11, 2013 | 11:33 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Lots of redundancy there, good to have, but that outer structural ring needs to extend past the radius of the outer circle of roters, as I would not want any pitching and yawing to turn them into weedwackers, or tree top trimmers, or worse, a really close shave for some ground crew member or bystander! Cross winds and downdrafts can do funny things, even with the latest flight controll/
stability software algorithms. I would include a non powered Fixed/freeweeling main roter to act as an air foil for forward motion flight, in the fixed/locked position, and as a non powered autorotating source of lift, should it be needed for emergencies! The fixed/autorotating air foil/ emergency rotator assembley could be integrated into the structural ring assembly fairly easily, and the whole assembley made into a clutch activated big emergency autorotater/air foil with the smaller powered normal flight roters attatched, for an failsafe, just in case you were flying too close to a military EMP testing range, or military excersize!

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