Dragonfly DF1 mini helicopter is a one seat chopper, manufactured my Swisscopter, a firm that in spite of its name is operating out of Tucson, Arizona. The particularity of this vehicle lies in the fact that motion is provided not by a normal engine placed on the copter’s body, but by small rockets housed on the tips of its rotor blades.
These rockets are powered by hydrogen peroxide, contained in two tanks placed on either side of the pilot seat. Thanks to this. The mini copter can take its pilot to a height of approximately 4000 meters, with a maximum speed of 185 kilometers per hour.
This rocket powered helicopter is very easy to maneuver, and the rockets on the blades guarantee a higher stability and fewer vibrations.
In the past, there had already been attempts at building rocket choppers, without success due to several technical issue, which seem to have been overcome by Dragonfly, that also adds an extreme ease of use and simplified controls.
Without fuel, its weight is only 106 kgs, and on a fully loaded tank it has a working range of approximately 100 minutes of continuous flight.
There are several possible fields of applications for this item, ranging from transportation of light ammunition and military equipment in war zones with a rough terrain, to aerial TV and movie shooting.
Swisscopter has already completed the first testing phase, and is expected to launch its product on the market by the end of the current year; for this reason, along with a version with a closed cockpit with a carbon fiber shell, they are also studying the possibility to create a two-seater model, for applications that require maximum concentration, and where having to pilot the copter would be a distraction.
The price for the Dragonfly micro helicopter has not been disclosed yet.