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Now for something completely different: German VTOL Volocopter Takes First Manned Flight

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posted on Apr, 9 2016 @ 10:35 AM
The forum is largely aimed at military aircraft projects but this is still an aircraft project.

Personal flight has long been a goal of many people. Whether its jet packs or flying cars or other attempts, we haven't quite given up on everyone being able to do a jetsons and fly away. New Zealanders have their 'fan pack' (they call it a jet pack, but its not a pack or a jet...) in development.

The Germans have the Volocopter. And its just had its first manned flight.

posted on Apr, 9 2016 @ 10:38 AM
a reply to: anzha

Looks rather cool.

Think if you were to stick some lights around the circular air frame and fly the thing at night you would be guaranteed at least a few UFO reported sightings.

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posted on Apr, 9 2016 @ 10:44 AM
The giant circle of rotating death looks formidable, and too unwieldy in this form for landing takeoff, taxi manouvers in tight air and land space...just my HO.....
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posted on Apr, 9 2016 @ 11:07 AM
Interesting design. Basically the same as those commercial drones.

posted on Apr, 9 2016 @ 11:35 AM
I would have protective metal bar casing around the propellers like some drones have. Much safer

posted on Apr, 9 2016 @ 11:37 AM
a reply to: Lucidparadox

Adds to the weight through and since the "Volocopter" is still in the prototype stage unnecessary just yet.

posted on Apr, 9 2016 @ 02:08 PM
Here's the video, big difference from a no shaky!

edit on 9-4-2016 by smurfy because: Text.

posted on Apr, 10 2016 @ 06:06 AM
Electric motors,no driveshafts or weighty gearboxes to go bang..

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