April 2010 I First idea

The first quadrocopters that can be controlled very easily appear on the market as toys. The subsequent founders are fascinated by this and begin to reflect on how a human could be rendered airborne using this technology.

October 2010 I Basic research

The calculations of the past few months reveal that it is indeed possible to lift the weight of a human into the air through in-house developments and an increase in the efficiency of the technologies in the market. The planning of the logistics for the specific implementation will follow.

May 2011 I The first prototypes are produced

Stephan Wolf programs the first flight control, Thomas Senkel develops the necessary electrical motors and designs the first prototypes and Alexander Zosel prepares the media presentation of the project. Even in this early phase the safety aspects are the key considerations in all the development decisions of the Volocopter's three inventors.

Oktober 2011 I Manned first flight writes aviation history

The three Volocopter inventors succeed in performing the world’s first manned flight with an electric multicopter. The flight of Thomas Senkel with the VC1 lasts precisely 90 seconds.
The video of the flight achieves 1 million clicks on YouTube within a few days. The global media response overwhelms the team of inventors but already provides an indication of the economic potential of the Volocopter. Inquiries and application ideas from all round the world reaffirm the e-volo team in its undertaking to develop an aircraft that is eligible for approval. Following the flight the decision is made to decommission the VC1 and to merely use it as an exhibit.

February 2012 I The invention of the Volocopter

Stephan Wolf, Thomas Senkel and Alexander Zosel file an application for the first industrial property rights at the patent office in the course of the invention of the Volocopter. Additional national and international industrial property rights are drafted and submitted in the next few months.

April 2012 I Lindbergh innovation prize

e-volo wins the Lindbergh Innovation Prize in 2012. The aviation prizes of the Charles-Lindbergh Foundation are awarded to acknowledge innovations in environmentally-friendly aviation and to promote significant advances in the aviation field. "We believe that the development of the Volocopter promises significant prospects of radically altering local transport" stated Erik Lindberg, grandson of Charles Lindberg, at the prize award ceremony. “It has a long path of development before it but if this innovative concept reaches the commercial market it will dramatically alter the manner in which we move around the planet.”

July 2012 I Oshkosh AirVenture in the USA

At the invitation of the EAA the VC2 prototype is presented at the Oshkosh AirVenture in the USA. The NASA innovation manager Mark Moore as well the head of development of the US Air Force, Dr. Mark Maybury will report there in their lectures on the future of aviation about the invention of the Volocopter.

August 2012 I Federal government subsidy for the project costs of € 2 million

As the “Volocopter” association research project the German Federal Ministry of Transport makes an undertaking to provide a subsidy of € 2 million for the project costs to construct a 2-seater helicopter within three years.
Two research institutions and four companies are involved in this project: The Institute for Aerodynamics and Gas Dynamics in Stuttgart, the Institute for Applied Research in Karlsruhe, Blank Skycontrol, DG Flugzeugbau, Helix and e-volo.

January 2013 I New aviation class for the Volocopter

The innovative concept of the electronic VTOL aircraft was able to so convince the German Federal Ministry of Transport that it resolves upon a trialing scheme spanning a period of several years for the creation of a new aviation class for the Volocopter.
The DULV (The German Ultralight Association) is commissioned with drafting a manufacturing specification, work regulations and the training scheme for the future pilots in cooperation with e-volo.

September 2013 I World premiere of the VC200

The e-volo celebrates the world premiere of the VC200 in Berlin. The structure of the first prototype was completed to coincide with the presentation of the “GreenTecAward”. The topic of conversation on this evening is the Volocopter – as it floats above the gala guests at an altitude of 15 meters. At the award ceremony the “Goliath” Airbus was just able to beat off “David” in the form of e-volo from Karlsruhe.

November 2013 I Maiden flight of the VC200

The maiden flight of the VC200 as well as the first test flights are successfully completed in the dm-arena in Karlsruhe. Following several flights of a few minutes’ duration with a number of gentle starts and landings all the expectations upon the Volocopter are exceeded.

December 2013 I European crowdfunding record

e-volo manages via the Seedmatch crowdfunding platform to attract funding of € 1,200,000.00 within just three days via the Internet and this represents a new European crowdfunding record. The first € 500,000 of this sum was subscribed within just 2 hours and 35 minutes.

July 2014 I 10,000,000 clicks on Youtube

On YouTube the 10,000,000 visitor mark for the video of the manned flight with the VC1 is exceeded.

July 2015 I New shareholders, new capital

As part of a capital increase sk ventures GmbH and the longstanding development partner Ascending Technologies GmbH, join e-volo GmbH as new shareholders. Co-founder Thomas Senkel leaves the company.

August 2015 I Manufacture of electronic components

The installation work of the new electronic components in the VC200 has been completed. The commissioning of all the components which communicate with one another via the highly redundant optical data network is proceeding as planned.

November 2015 I Successful test flight program

The last system components of the VC200 are put into operation. The following technical milestones haven been “flown through”.
- Put the automatic height and position adjustment technology in operation in an optimized state. The Volocopter stays in the air as if it has been “pegged up” there if you release your hands from the controls.
- The VC 2000 is flown for the simulation of pilot weights with an additional load of 120 kg.
- The joystick is put into operation. The whole team is extremely impressed at how simply and intuitively the VC200 can be piloted. The claim of e-volo’s marketing department that flying the Volocopter will be child’s play was impressively demonstrated.

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