For the first time since its introduction in 1980, the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize for a human-powered helicopter flight has actually been awarded.
Aside from being emission-free, the German-built Volocopter VC200 is a VTOL aircraft that aims to offer a calm and quiet ride.
The Volocopter VC200 is a quiet, battery-powered helicopter alternative with 18 rotors that can carry two people.
The Pentagon is looking ahead several decades toward future fleets of rotorcraft -- and working now to lay the plans for getting there.
NASA conducts a dramatic test of new helicopter safety equipment by dropping a fuselage full of dummies and capturing it all on video.
Engines are overrated. The Gamera human-powered helicopter managed its first flight with a record-setting attempt at the University of Maryland.
The German startup hopes to build an 18-rotor personal "multicopter" by 2015 and is showing a prototype at the CeBIT trade show.
An experiment with two super-powered RC helicopters seems to show the machines are capable of lifting a full-grown person off the ground.
The Pentagon is developing unmanned aircraft for supply runs that can be controlled from a mobile phone or tablet -- think of it as Amazon drones in olive drab.
And by future, we're talking 2030. Let's just hope the planners, builders, and budgeteers keep an open mind to how technology evolves over the next two decades.