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Offline Mitch

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My next ride
« on: June 11, 2011, 12:08:15 am »
Rides like a motorcycle.  Top speed 173 altitude 10,000 ft,

Have you ever been sitting in traffic and just wished you could go over the other commuters? Australian mechanical engineer and inventor Chris Malloy has helped that dream get one step closer to reality with his Hoverbike prototype.
The single-passenger vehicle consists of a frame made of Kevlar-reinforced carbon fiber with a foam core, between two horizontal spinning propellers. The propellers are made from Tasmanian oak with a carbon fiber leading edge for strength. The driving controls of the Hoverbike are similar to those of a motorcycle, via handlebar grips. The right grip controls thrust, while the left grip controls the angle of the control vanes that make the Hoverbike go forward or backward. Turning the handlebars left and right turns the vehicle just like a motorcycle.

The Hoverbike will theoretically reach speeds of 173 mph and a height of more than 10,000 feet, but at the moment, it's only been tested while tethered a mere three feet from the ground. That's because while Malloy is very confident in the stability of the machine, he doesn't want to risk breaking the prototype should something unplanned happen. And design and testing are going so well that Malloy hopes to have the Hoverbike into limited production within a year, and full production two years after that. The vehicle is expected to come in at a relatively affordable $40,000, comparable to a high-end motorcycle.
Hoverbike via Geekosystem

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Re: My next ride
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2011, 12:59:10 am »
Smart people look like crazy people to stupid people.

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Re: My next ride
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2011, 11:28:54 pm »
looks cool but it seems to me you would want protection over the entire blades not just half of each.

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Re: My next ride
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2011, 11:29:59 pm »
Man, that looks like an asswuppin just waitin to happen.

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Re: My next ride
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2011, 09:09:44 pm »
wonder how its powered? 

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Re: My next ride
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2011, 10:51:23 pm »
Looks kinda like a BMW boxer engine.
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