Here’s a first look at Volocopter, a bizarre-looking helicopter-drone hybrid equipped with 18 rotors. It has just successfully completed its first manned flight in Southern Germany, hovering above an airfield for several minutes before landing. “It was unbelievable…it hovered totally weightlessly, I mean it didn’t at all feel like there were crazy forces at work, it was all just totally light and the Volocopter immediately converted every movement I made with the joystick,” said Zosel. Continue reading for another video and more information.

“The company claims its ultralight multicopter, which is electric, emissions-free, and easy to operate thanks to its touchscreen display and joystick control, marks the first time humans’ dream of personal flight as a daily routine becomes attainable. The company claims that NASA is interested in the Volocopter as a means of alleviating traffic congestion in Silicon Valley,” according to The Verge.

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