Monday, March 10, 2014

A Fully-Functional Flying Bike...!! (video)

BEHOLD... a real flying bike!! 
I dare you to watch the videos below without grinning in pure childish envy and excitement... 
-check it out in action below: 

Being able to ride on a Star Wars speeder bike is one step closer to reality... We've posted stories of flying bikes before, but this flying bike developed by Aerofex is sure to impress...!  
The bike, which was demonstrated in the Mojave Desert, can now go up to 30mph (48 km/h) and go as high as 15 feet (4.5 meters).
Aerospace engineer and Aerofex founder Mark De Roche and his team found the secret sauce to make it all work: a new mechanical control system that, according to him, "captures the translations between the two in three axis (pitch, roll and yaw), and activates the aerodynamic controls required to counter the movement - which lines the vehicle back up with the pilot." The human pilot just have to lean and balance in a natural way, much like you do while driving a bicycle or a motor bike. It's all instinctive, says De Roche: "since [the pilot's] balancing movements are instinctive and constant, it plays out quite effortlessly to him." 
Don't open your Ebay account and get your pocket books out just yet... the company wants to sell it to the military who will be the first to use this technology. 
The company thinks that it can be used for heavy lifting in rough terrains, without having to care about wheels or caterpillar tracks. And, unlike helicopters and other flying devices, this one can go in between trees and canyons: "they have unique performance advantages [...] as they have demonstrated flight within trees, close to walls and under bridges."

via gizmodo 

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