Robot helicopter from the Airbus made the first solo flight
we can say with a high probability that in the future of unmanned vehicles. And if cars without a driver already quite successfully ply the roads, it's a passenger aircraft are only at the beginning of the way. And one of the first who managed to successfully test an unmanned helicopter were experts world-famous by Airbus.
The test sample-helicopter robot called VSR700 Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV). During his first VSR700 flight to take off, landing, hovering, span horizontally and, most importantly, the movement for a given route. During the tests, the cab was a pilot who had the opportunity to seize the control in the event of malfunction of the apparatus, but its intervention was required. The machine itself was developed by the company Airbus Helicopters, together with their colleagues from Helicopteres Guimbal, who is also a producer of helicopters Cabri G2 series, one of which was the basis VSR700. After completing a series of tests and design improvements it is expected that the final version VSR700 will be able to levitate a weight of 250 kilograms, and claimed the flight time is 10 hours of continuous stay in the air without refueling. The first robotic helicopters will play the role of tactical UAVs on ships. Due to the design of the helicopter, it can be fitted with various kinds of sensors, marine and land-based radar. In addition, it is expected that VSR700 Optionally Piloted Vehicle will be used to transport passengers as a quick and convenient vehicle.