A German company just completed their first successful test flight of world’s first electric multi-copter. It’s fitted with 16 blades surrounding a brave pilot who controlled the vehicle during its initial manned flight of 1.5 minutes.
Powered by lithium batteries, full lift and balancing is supplied by the propellers and computation system. They hope to add GPS and obstacle avoidance in the future for automated flight. The designers hope it will make a useful tool for aerial photography or inspection of large areas such as pipelines. Additional info can be found on the company website.