Hoverbike is built using a set of front and rear ducted propellers powered by a 1,170 cubic cm 4-stroke engine that offers up to 173mph (150knots) speed and altitudes up to 10,000 feet!
Unveiled by Australian Chris Mallyo, Hoverbike is the first generation of the wind powered ‘bike’ that potentially become the pioneer of the next generation of transportation vehicle that will remind users about the Speederbike chase in the movie Return Of The Jedi.
Hence, Hoverbike is currently in a prototype stage, since Chris still need to make sure that Hoverbike is safe to fly. Imagine if Hoverbike users could fly up to 10,000 feet, landing airplane should be really a question of safety.
The Hoverbike’s frame has a light foam core with kevlar reinforced carbon fiber, while the blades on both front and rear propeller blades are made of Tasmania Oak with the leading edges covered in carbon fiber.
The front and rear propellers’ blades will be spinning in opposite directions, no need for tail rotor to overcome rotational impact. The controlling will be different from ordinary motorbike, comes with a set of handlebars for controlling the direction, lift and speed. Hoverbike has 30L fuel tank that offers a travelling distance up to 92 miles of 80 knots.
Key Features of Hoverbike:
- Airspeed Vne – 150 KIAS (untested)
- Hover (out of ground effect) – >10,000ft (estimated)
- Dry weight – 110kg
- Max gross weight – 270kg
- Total thrust – 295kg
- Engine – 80kw @ 7500rpm
- Hoverbike Applications
- Aerial Cattle mustering
- Search and Rescue
- Aerial Survey
- Wildlife and Parks
- Power-line Inspection
Chris is planning to schedule Hoverbike for limited production next year, and aiming to set the price at $40,000. Users will be able to ride on the Hoverbike without needing to have pilot license owing to the lightweight, as it is being classified as an ultralite transportation unit, thus far.