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Blog Martine Rothblatt Follows Through on Her Electric Helicopter Prediction

Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by TMC Staff, Jun 29, 2017.

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    Elon Musk has always said that the goal for Tesla is to “accelerate the advent of sustainable transport.” As the company continues to build on that mission with its increasingly efficient electric vehicles and Tesla Energy products, we are beginning to see glimpses of how that goal has inspired others.

    A great example of that inspiration in action is Martine Rothblatt’s efforts to build an electric helicopter. Rothblatt is a highly-accomplished entrepreneur, having co-founded Sirius XM before launching United Therapeutics. She also owns several Teslas and was a featured speaker at TMC Connect 2016.

    On Monday, she shared the following with TMC: Last year I projected...

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  2. Rouget

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    I completely missed that video. Looks promising!
     
  3. ChadS

    ChadS Petroleum is for sissies

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    Very cool. I loved her talk at TMC Connect 2016, and was assuming I'd hear somehow once she was successful.

    Thanks for putting the update here! I had missed her post.
     
  4. voyager

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    Electric helicopters? Why not use so-called multi-rotor aerial vehicles?
     
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    When I click on "READ FULL ARTICLE" my browser (iOS Chrome) opens a new window to Tesla Motors Club
     
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    That's really weird. I'm fixing now.

    @ecarfan please try again and let me know if it works.
     
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    Fixed. ..full article opening. .thanks
     
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    One possibility: The Robinson R-44 is a four passenger pisson-powered helicopter that has the highest gross weight in the category:
    R44 Raven I - Robinson Helicopter Company
    with a heavy old-technology Lycoming IO-540 engine, dating from a 1960's design that weighs about 450 lb installed. That gives a little margin in space and weight for use of batteries and motor, with simplified ancillary controls also.
    Thus, a conventional helicopter, cheap if bought with run-out engine, can be converted and operate decently, if a trifle short-range.

    Any other option will be much more difficult to deploy without lots of incremental development work. As a proof-of-concept it is the obvious choice, IMHO.
    FWIW, I'm a helicopter pilot and once owned a fleet of these Robinsons.
     

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