Volocopter 2X


Quick Summary

The Volocopter 2X is one of the most visually remarkable eVTOLs today - featuring almost 20 propellers (18, to be exact) all arranged in a circular symmetrical pattern. Volocopter has been successful thus far in garnering public support and even in hosting ride-along events for high-profile individuals.



Volocopter, based in Bruchsal, Germany.







Stage of Development

Preliminary Design


Prototype Build

Flight Testing

Certification

Commercially Operating
Technical Details

Aircraft Type: Wingless VTOL

Powerplant: All-Electric

Range: 17 miles

Top Speed: 62mph

Propeller Configuration: 18 independent electric motors and propellers.

Passenger/Payload Capacity: 2 passengers, 350 lbs max payload

Dimensions: 

7 ft height by 30ft rotor rim diameter

Cockpit: 10 ft length / 4 ft width / 4 ft height

Skids: 11 ft length / 6.5 ft width

Other Information:

Operating weight empty (OWE): 640 lbs

Rate of climb (@ MTOM): 9 ft/s

Altitude (service ceiling): ≥ 6,500 ft AMSL

Noise level: ~ 65 dB(A) at 250 ft

Safety and Redundancy:

Full aircraft emergency parachute

Multiple redundancy in all critical components such as propellers, motors, power source, electronics, flight control, displays

Highly reliable communication network between devices through meshed polymer optic fiber network (fly-by-light)

Composition/Structure:

Fibre composites; lightweight construction

Diameter of a single propeller: 5'10"

Power Supply and Battery:

Number of battery packs: 9 independent battery systems with quick release

Battery type: Lithium-ion battery

Power supply: 9 batteries supply 2 motors each

Max. charging time < 120 min

Fast charging time < 40 min

Battery changing system: Quick-change system; plug-in system

Battery cooling: Active air cooling

Engine type:

3-phase PM synchronous motor, brushless DC electric motor (BLDC)

Certification:

Light sport multicopter; German ultralight (UL)



Our Take on the V2X


Volocopter leverages engineering experience from Germany and a very successful marketing and placement campaign that has promoted its V2X eVTOL to a variety of potential customers worldwide. Most notably, the public demonstration of the V2X in Dubai attracted a large amount of attention and interest in the V2X, and the continuing high performance in flight demonstrations and testing should enable Volocopter to place themselves in a competitive spot for certification of their aircraft - one of the last hurdles they must clear before the V2X is produced and commercially delivered. Volocopter is absolutely an important eVTOL player to watch in the coming years.