Friday, June 10, 2011

The Hover-Bike

Yes you read correctly and yes this flying machine fills the void in all our childhood fantasies...! 
The Hoverbike designed and built by Chris Malloy is in-fact a bike that (when finished) can fly. Currently in the testing phase, the Hoverbike when finished is said to go as high as 10,000 feet and have the top speed of 173mph... 
The engine that powers this baby is 1170cc's and delievers 80kW to two propellers. The body is made from a Kevlar reinforced carbon fiber and the propellers are built from Tasmanian Oak with carbon fiber edges. Its flying mechanism is the same as the Chinook helicopter: counter-rotating rotors cancel out each rotor's torque reaction. Controlling the hoverbike should be familiar to motorcycle owners, just basic handle bars with throttle control on the right grip and up or down movement on the left. 
Check out the photos below and a test video (more to come) that would make any bike enthusiast, sci-fi fan and Storm Trooper envious..!

::  This video shows the airflow smoke test - more videos to come  ::

via gizmodo hover-bike

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I want to be the test pilot. Seriously.
jason fowler 2010 (at) hot mail (dot) (I just need food and lodging after getting laid off).

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