For the first time, information about the SureFly double-filament octopopter from the American company Workhorse appeared in June of this year. Later the novelty was presented at the air show in Le Bourget. If the tests are successful, the first manned flight of the Copter can already take place on January 8, 2018 on the eve of the annual CES exhibition in Las Vegas.
Presented as the “world’s first personal electric hybrid” SureFly octopopter weighs 500 kg, it is equipped with four rotor screws powered by a hybrid power plant – Honda’s 200 hp gasoline generator. In case of an accident, he has a backup battery, designed for 5 minutes of operation, which is quite enough to make an emergency landing. With complete failure of mechanics, a ballistic parachute will work.
SureFly can fly in a manned version at a speed of 113 km / h for a range of up to 70 km with a payload of 181 kg. Control is carried out using the joystick. Workhorse estimated its offspring at 200,000 dollars.