Volocopter 2X


Quick Summary

The Volocopter 2X is one of the most visually remarkable eVTOLs today - featuring almost 20 propellors (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

Classification: VTOL (vertical take-off and landing); rotary wing aircraft

Certification: Light sport multicopter; German ultralight (UL)

Flight Characteristics

Power Type: Electric/batteries

Passenger Capacity: 2 pax

Max. take off mass (MTOM): 450 kg

Max. payload: 160 kg

Operating weight empty (OWE): 290 kg

Max. range (@ MTOM): 27 km (17 mi) at an optimal ́range ́ cruise speed of 70 km/h (43 mph)

Max. airspeed (limited time): 100 km/h

Rate of climb (@ MTOM): 3 m/s

Altitude (service ceiling): ≥ 2,000 m AMSL

Noise level: ~ 65 dB(A) at 75 m

Safety & redundancy concept

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

Overall height: 2.15 m

Diameter of the rotor rim incl. propellers: 9.15 m

Diameter of a single propeller: 1.80 m

Cockpit: 3.20 m length / 1.25 m width / 1.21 m height

Skids: 3.02 m length / 2.06 m width

Power supply & 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

Motors & rotors

Number of motors & rotors: 18 each

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



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.