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Why Walk When You Can Fly?
November 10, 2011
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There may be no solid plans for a consumer model yet, but inventors in Germany have created a new way to get around without being on the ground. It's called e-volo - an "electric personal multicopter". Last month, the team behind the multicopter filmed their first successful manned flight, which lasted 90 seconds. Check out the video below:

The team, made up of physicist Thomas Senkel, programmer Stephan Wolf, and pilot and PR guy Alexander Zosel, is based in Karlsruhe, Germany. They call their invention a "Segway for the air", because it balances automatically and can remain stationary while in flight. And the whole thing runs on batteries, not fossil fuels.

Although the team claims they've achieved "the first manned flight with an electric multicopter", this is by no means the first attempt at creating a personal helicopter. Here are a few other designs people have tried out:

Human Helicopter


The One-Man Helicopter GEN H-4 by ADEYTO


Mosquito Air Helicopter

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