Not long ago, Dr. Jansen announced that anyone can build a
Star Trek tricorder and now a hoverbike famously seen zipping through the forest in Star Wars film
"Return of the Jedi" is making success!
Created by Aerofex, a company in California, this amazing vehicle is a prototype hoverbike that allows people to speed above the landscape like a Jedi.
After seeing this bike in action, you will want one!
The bike hovers thanks to two ducted rotors underneath it that spin in opposite directions, and is controlled in much the same way as a standard bike.
A Hover Bike from Return of the Jedi
The system responds to a human pilot's leaning movements and natural sense of balance.
Two control bars at knee level allow the rider to lean to either side to control the bike's movements. It can reach a speed of 30 miles per hour
and fly 15 feet above the ground, handling sharp turns and hovering motionless like a helicopter.
The vehicle was recently tested in the Mojave desert.
The Aerofax vehicle was tested in the Mojave Desert.
Aerofex has currently limited human flight testing to a height of 15 feet and speeds of about 30 mph.
"We are creating exciting technology that will change the way people perceive and utilize flight. We are developing manned craft and unmanned aerial vehicles
that have real utility. Our goal is to break the barriers that limit access to the benefits of flight," says the company Aerofex.
"Imagine personal flight as intuitive as riding a bike. Or transporting a small fleet of first-responder craft in the
belly of a passenger transport Think of the advantages of patrolling borders without first constructing roads."
It all sounds good so far, doesn't it? Unfortunately, there is a catch. The good news is the vehicle is now a reality.
The bad news is that we will not be able buy one of these bikes any time soon. The company's envisaging it as a military tool, rather than a consumer vehicle.
It's been working on the bike since 2008, and now hopes to improve the speed and performance.
The company plans to fly a second version of its vehicle in October, and is also preparing an unmanned drone version for flight testing by the end of 2013.