Leading Choppers: 15 High-Flying Helicopter Types & Drones
Post by Steph, filed beneath Vehicles & Mods in the Technological innovation group.
Everybody’s buzzing about Amazon Prime Air, which will bring the goods you order from the mega-retailer to your doorstep in just thirty minutes by way of helicopter drone. So how else is helicopter tech – the 2 manned and unmanned – moving forward into the potential? These 15 styles incorporate pedal-powered flying machines, electric helicopters, self-assembling drones and the world’s most pricey helicopter at $21 million.
Amazon’s Flying Robot Delivery Drones
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos exposed the possible delivery technique of the future for its Prime shoppers: helicopter drones, from the warehouse to your doorstep in 30 minutes. Showing off the prototype on 60 Minutes, Amazon announced that its Prime Air plan is slated for rollout in 2015, pending FAA approval. So just a half hour right after you hit the ‘buy’ button on a merchandise web page, the item you want is dropped off by a propeller-powered robot.
eVolo 18-Rotor Electrical Helicopter
An 18-rotor electrical helicopter produced its maiden flight in late November, reaching heights of virtually 22 meters (72 feet.) The eVolo VC200 is capable of carrying 2 passengers for distances of up to 100km and flight altitudes of up to 6500 feet. It can be disassembled, with all components connected to an ‘intelligent mesh ne2rk’ so that if a single or numerous components fail, the aircraft can still land safely. It’s the very first electric helicopter to lift off successfully.
eVolo Individual Helicopter
An additional eVolo layout, the Private Multicopter, can elevate a single passenger into the air with a joystick steering technique and sixteen propellers. A staff of German experts finished the first prototype and test flight, and envision its use in the entertainment arena as well as for aerial photography, inspection and brief-distance travel. A a single-hour flight is estimated to price just about 6 euro’s worth of electricity, and it can land safetly even if up to 4 of its motors fail.
Hermes Luxury Helicopter
Probably it shouldn’t be also surprising that style designers are getting in on the game of creating luxury helicopters, since people with tons of money are usually eager for prestigious labels. French vogue firm Hermes teamed up with Eurcopter to produce L’helicopre par Hermes “for the discerning luxury traveler.” It features a spacious cabin for 4, a minimalist colour palette, Hermes signature upholstery and calf’s leather banquettes.
The world’s initial solar-powered helicopter is not going to lift significantly of something up in the air – but it does function. It is fundamentally a remote-controlled solar panel liftable via 4 propellers. This venture by masters students at Queen Mary University of London may be little, but it could turn into the basis for larger and far more complicated types.