The Future!: Another Day, Another Functional Hover Bike

August 20, 2012


This is a currently unnamed Aerofex dual rotor-powered hoverbike. Personally, I suggest they call it the Boner-bike, but that's just me and there's no way you could zoom around on that thing without one. OR A HELMET. Safety first, folks. I'm joking -- it's your head, I don't care what you do with it.

[The bike] originates from a design abandoned in the 1960s because of stability and rollover problems. Aerofex, a California-based firm, fixed the stability issue by creating a mechanical system -- controlled by two control bars at knee-level -- that allows the vehicle to respond to a human pilot's leaning movements and natural sense of balance.

But Aerofex does not plan to immediately develop and sell a manned version. Instead, the aerospace firm sees the aerial vehicle as a test platform for new unmanned drones -- heavy-lift robotic workhorses that could use the same hover technology to work in agricultural fields, or swiftly deliver supplies to search-and-rescue teams in rough terrain.

Aerofex has currently limited human flight testing to a height of 15 feet and speeds of about 30 mph, but more out of caution rather than because of any technological limits. Older versions of the hover vehicles could fly about as fast as helicopters, De Roche said.

Hey Aerofex -- you looking for a pilot willing to go higher than 15-feet and faster than 30 mph? I'M YOUR BROBRO. I'll take that thing up to a mile and open the throttle till I hit a bird at 200 MPH and it blows a hole through my chest. No regrets. Well, not about that anyways. TONS of other regrets.

Hit the jump for a couple more shots and a video demonstration.




Thanks to Ferris, robert, Thel200ster, Wayne and Mi-mi, who agree if these things aren't on the market in five years we should storm the factory and steal the blueprints.

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