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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS Feed E-volo VC2 to Make World Debut This Week
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Be among the first in the world to see the 18-motor multicopter, e-volo's VC2, in the Innovation Hangar South.

German company e-volo will make the world debut of its VC2 Volocopter this week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012. VC2 is the successor of the 16-motor VC1, which achieved the first manned flight with a purely electric-powered VTOL aircraft on October 21, 2011. AirVenture visitors can see the VC2 rotorcraft in the Innovations Hangar South.

Like the VC1, the VC2 is made of aluminum but is much stronger and lighter, according to e-volo. It's powered by 18 electric motors, each turning two-blade propellers, mounted to an aluminum framework with three inflatable balls serving as the landing gear.

E-volo also announced a rigorous flight-test program to start in September. "We will extensively test all the developments in the field of safety techniques, electric motors, steering controls, and BMU (battery management unit)," the company stated.

The technology features several separate and mutually monitoring onboard computers controlling the precise rotation speed of each motor for attitude and directional control. The custom, German-made electric motors produce 2 kilowatts each.

See the VC2 rotorcraft, and learn about the e-volo VC Evolution 2P project, in the Innovation Hangar South, located across the flightline from Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Homebuilders Headquarters.

The VC Evolution 2P is a two-seat Volocopter based on the concept study of the VC 2 with the following specifications:

  • Speed of more than 54 knots (62 mph)
  • Flying to an altitude of at least 6,500 feet
  • Takeoff weight of 993 pounds
  • More than one hour flight time

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