The British engineering company, Malloy Aeronautics, is in the process of creating the Hoverbike. This would bring drone technology to new heights, as humans would be able to ride functional hover machines as a mode of transportation. Real life is beginning to catch up to the film Metropolis or seem more and more like a scene directly out of Star Wars.
Malloy Aeronautics is currently testing unmanned flights of the Hoverbike. And according to Reuters, “the bike can fly at a speed of more than 100 knots, or about 115 miles per hour” and “will be able to reach an altitude of 9,000 feet when completed.”
They only thing that is standing in the way of creating a manned prototype are official aviation certifications. When they are finished designing the prototype, the company’s hope is that the quadcopter can be piloted either by a person sitting on the bike or by remote control. A Kickstarter campaign was started by Chris Malloy, managing director of Malloy Aeronautics, six days ago to fundraise money for the R&D of the Hoverbike. More than $77,000 has already been raised.
The Malloy team plans to be done with the construction of the Hoverbike in a few months. Malloy said to Reuters:
“I’ve always been one to look at designs and see how I can make them better. And when I got my helicopter license I realised that the helicopter as a design has a lot of improvements that need to be made, and one of them is safety and reliability. They’re very complex machines. And my goal was to see where we could strip away the complexity and increase the safety and that’s basically where the hoverbike came from.”
Many people find it hard to believe that the Hoverbike is safer than a helicopter, but the design team insists so because of an inherent simplicity in the design. They claimed
“Rotor-strike is a major issue with helicopters. This eliminates rotor-strike by protecting the propeller blades from the ground and other airborne obstacles. The helicopter is inherently complex. The hover bike is very simple.”
Watch the Malloy Aeronautics Kickstarter video below!
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