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An Electric Helicopter Arrives

by Steve Hanley, Clean Technica

Martine Rothblatt is not your typical person. She is the founder of Sirius satellite radio and vehicle navigation company GeoStar. When her daughter was diagnosed with a rare life-threatening form of pulmonary hypertension, Rothblatt formed United Therapeutics to market medication for others suffering from the same disease. Because pulmonary hypertension often requires a lung transplant, she next created a division of her drug company that focuses on developing artificial and transplant-able lungs from pig genetics.

But the helicopters that deliver those artificial lungs are loud and not particularly environmentally friendly, so Rothblatt decided it was time to invent the first full-size battery-powered electric helicopter to deliver the transplant-able organs more cleanly and quietly. Helicopters can burn 500 pounds of aviation fuel every hour, leaving a trail of carbon emissions in their wake. Continue reading An Electric Helicopter Arrives