CopterPack: Electric backpack personal helicopter makes first manned flight

CopterPack is an electric backpack helicopter with a self-leveling autopilot.

Coming straight out of Australia, CopterPack is one of the newest personal gadgets that allows its rider to take flight. While jetpacks had their hot moment in the eighties, the CopterPack reimagines how humans can fly using a personal device. Let’s take a deeper look into how this backpack-style personal copter looks and functions.

A reimagined design

Composed of two rotors, the CopterPack is a device that is worn as a backpack and looks somewhat like a human drone. The Australian company of the same name designed the CopterPack much differently from other models in the past. However, there are potentially hazardous elements in this design.

For example, the rotors, while protectively coiled along the edges, are open on the top and bottom. Although this does not pose much of a threat while the pilot is using the CopterPack correctly, it could become dangerous in the event of an accident or other unforeseen circumstance – especially as they operate and spin at high speeds.

How the CopterPack flies

The CopterPack is made with a lightweight, carbon fiber honeycomb design. Rotors on either side of the pilot allow them to fly back and forth on a central axle. The design of the rotors allows the pilot to have a significant amount of control over how they fly.

In addition to what CopterPack claims is an intuitive flight experience, there is an auto-pilot feature that allows the rider to self-level automatically. The carbon fiber used to construct the CopterPack is also used in other aircraft and spacecraft because of its low weight and durability.

Battery powered

While the manufacturers do not provide much detail on the construction or materials used for the battery, it is safe to assume that it is small in size. This is made apparent by the overall size of the CopterPack. Lithium battery packs, like the one used on the CopterPack, are known to have poor energy density.

Because of this, pilots likely won’t be able to spend much time in the air. Their weight, coupled with the power needed to propel the high-speed spin of the rotors, requires a great deal of energy to operate for a more substantial amount of time.

The rotors

The power and stability of the CopterPack are generated by its two large rotors. Each of the two rotors on the CopterPack reaches about three feet in diameter. It is assumed that each of these connects to the unit through carbon fiber tubes. To allow the pilot to steer, the rotors are directed by two hand controls on two armrests that connect to the pack. To achieve control and stability, the pilot can rely on the CopterPack’s ability to twist its rotors and vector the thrust.

Final thoughts

The CopterPack looks to be constructed with quality design and materials, and the flight itself is very impressive. We will update you as and when we get more information from CopterPack.

Source: CopterPack