Senior Editor Graham Warwick . . . . . . reports on the winner of the Lindbergh Prize for Innovation, announced at the Aero-Friedrichshafen 2012 air show in Germany. He notes that the 16-propeller vertical-takeoff-and-landing craft, the VC1, is an example of the unusual configurations made possible by distributed electric propulsion. VC1 was first flown by e-volo in October 2011 as a proof of concept for its Volocopter, an aircraft that uses multiple small, electric-powered, ...

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