Back to the Future 9 – The Volocopter VC200

21. July 2015

Consequently, in Germany people with a private pilot licence will be able to fly e-volo’s Volocopter VC200 in the near future!

Prototypes for the Volocopter VC200’s preliminary airworthiness certificate completed

In the early months of 2015 e-volo and technology partner Ascending Technologies developed and built together two remote-controlled prototypes for the carrying out of static tests as well as tests in various flight conditions in preparation for the preliminary airworthiness certificate. Both prototypes, the VC18RC and the VC4RC, have been completed now.

Prototpye – VC18RC:

With this prototype (fitted with 18 smaller drives):

  • almost all electronic boards of the VC200,
  • the fibre-optical data network used in the VC200,
  • multiple-redundant flight control,
  • and possible component failure situations,
  • as well as their response in possible extreme flight scenarios can be tested both statically and (validly) in flight.

In these failure scenarios, it is possible to test how many components can fail at the same time or perform defectively without endangering the safe landing of the aircraft system. With the control software of this prototype, we can proficiently simulate the flight characteristics of the VC200, especially the thrust and mass inertia ratio, in relation to the take-off weight of 450 kg.

Prototype – VC4RC:

With this prototype, fitted with four original drives of the VC200, the power flow and drives, comprising of the original batteries, motor controls, drive motors, and rotors of the VC200, are tested statically and with control line. This prototype can carry an additional weight of 80 kg and, therefore, is the world’s largest existing airworthy quadcopter. The VC4RC is not designed for a manned flight as this would contradict our company’s safety-focused philosophy. The failure of a single drive in the VC4RC would lead to a crash. With our manned Volocopter, we have developed an extremely failure-resistant, high-level redundancy concept with 18 drives, among other features.

With this prototype, we are in the position to thoroughly test all critical components of the VC200 prior to the manned test flights. Immediately upon successful completion of the test series with the prototypes, all flights with the VC200 will follow.

VC200 – the first man-carrying Volocopter

As the federal ministry of economics and technology granted 2 million € as a subsidy of the project-related costs, e-volo is working together with a research and industry syndicate to build the VC200, the first Volocopter in the world to carry two people. A provisional airworthiness certificate was granted to the Volocopter after having undergone extensive endurance testing of the passenger cabin, the landing framework and the rotor array. So test flights for the trial programme can be started.

Watch the maiden flight of the Volocopter VC200 – 17.11.2013 in Karlsruhe, Germany:

The test flights will take place on the glider airfield in Bruchsal, where the factory of the DG Flugzeugbau (DG Aircraft Construction) is located. DG Flugzeugbau handles the production of the mechanical bodywork of the Volocopter VC200 in the carbon lightweight mode of construction.

At the end of the trial programme, a prototype certification of the VC200 in line with the newly created category of ultralight rotor aircraft named Volocopter will enable the future serial production.

Desired Volocopter VC200 aircraft performance

  • cruising speed of at least 54 kn (100 km/h)
  • flight altitude of up to 6500 ft
  • maximum take-off weight of 450 kg
  • more than one hour flight time
  • two persons side-by-side

Please note: Ascending Technologies develops and produces multi-rotor and autopilot technology and is technology partner of e-volo. For further information about the Volocopter VC200, please directly contact e-volo:

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