Sunday, 21 August 2011

Hoverbike prototype may hit roads soon

An Australian Chris Malloy has built a functioning prototype of what can be only called a Hoverbike.Hoverbike sports an 1170cc 4-stroke engine. Its 10-feet long, weighs 231 lbs and will supposedly travel 92 miles on a single tank of gas.

At a glance:
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

The frame is made of kevlar-reinforced carbon fiber and while it hasn’t taken to the sky yet, its creator plans on running the first true test flight in a couple of months.The rotor blades spin in opposite directions, eliminating the need for a tail-rotor while providing some slick visual appeal.


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