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[Merged] California firm develop 'hover bike'


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#1    Saru

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 12:17 PM

The Aerofex hover vehicle resembles the speeder bikes from the movie 'Star Wars: Return of the Jedi'.

Space.com said:

A resurrected hover vehicle won't fly through dense forests as effortlessly as the "Star Wars" speeder bikes from "Return of the Jedi," but its intuitive controls could someday allow anyone to fly it without pilot training.

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 12:24 PM

Hover car next?


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Posted 23 August 2012 - 12:26 PM

That's awesome. My childhood dream will hopefully come true soon.

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 12:53 PM

Now here's what they don't tell you.

It's so close to the ground that the pilot or anyone near will be sandblasted.
Notice how it's being testend on a dry, sand free desert lake bed? Imagine that thing hovering atop a sand dune!


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Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:13 PM

Or rough terrain. I don't think I'll ever be more than a toy.


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Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:37 PM

Looks pretty bulky


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Posted 23 August 2012 - 02:39 PM

I want one.
This can go on the list along with jetpacks and flying saucers.


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Posted 23 August 2012 - 02:47 PM

Awesome stuff,I would love one sat next to my ATV.....


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Posted 23 August 2012 - 02:47 PM

Looks like a converted ride-on lawnmower.


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Posted 23 August 2012 - 03:12 PM

In aeronautics, MASS reduction is everything. So, I am thinking, replace all the mechanical rods and actuators with fly - by - wire, use solid state inertial sensors (for Roll/Pitch/Yaw) such as the QRS11, replace the heavy ducted fans which appear to be metal based, with carbon composite ducted fans, and I believe the power to weight ratio will improve greatly. This improves lift capabilities, speed, and endurance.

There are no complicated electronics involved, and will also reduce the Radar signature in Military applications.

I think there is real potential here when the developers start looking at it seriously. :tu:


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Posted 23 August 2012 - 03:23 PM

Death from above.
It's bad enough that I can barely cross the street without being run over by distracted or drunk drivers, now I have to keep one eye on the sky. No pilot's license or training required? Seriously?


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Posted 23 August 2012 - 03:52 PM

This won't become anything more I bet.

They made a full on hover vehicle years ago. There is video footage of it and the Military scrapped it.

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 08:12 PM

Can you drive over the ocean? lol. That would be fun.


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Posted 23 August 2012 - 09:32 PM

Lol the video is so lame.

Would love to have a real go in full body armour to see what it can do and how un/stable it really is.


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Posted 24 August 2012 - 05:39 AM

thts pretty cool.

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