World's first manned flight with an electric multicopter

(CBS) - Let's turn our attention now to one of the pinnacles of human achievement in technology: the world's first manned flight with an electric multicopter. Watch and be amazed - the flight kicks in at about 1:40 into the clip.

Okay, so it doesn't quite stack up to the moon landing, but you can't say it's not impressive!

The video was posted by YouTube user forschungsbuero who writes about it:

At the end of October 2011, Thomas Senkel of e-volo made the first manned flight with an e-powered multicopter at an airstrip in the southwest of Germany. The flight lasted one minute and 30 seconds, after which the constructor and test pilot stated: "The flight characteristics are good natured. Without any steering input it would just hover there on the spot". This could be the future of flight, piloting a device as simple as a car.

If you'd like to know more information about this fascinating technology, you can visit e-volo's website by clicking here.

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