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2011-06-11 18:13:26.087603+00 by meuon 4 comments

http://www.hover-bike.com = Want. Desire. Admire. Respect. Fear. All at once.

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#Comment Re: made: 2012-08-22 02:39:18.182745+00 by: TheSHAD0W [edit history]

http://news.yahoo.com/hover-ve...ls-star-wars-bike-171401941.html - a bit similar, also no idea why it's stable.

http://www.latimes.com/busines...ke-jedi-20120821,0,2545620.story - with video goodness

http://www.gizmag.com/aerofex-hover-bike/23798/ - moar video!

#Comment Re: made: 2012-08-22 00:00:20.345812+00 by: Dan Lyke

He's working on RC models right now, and they're flying and seem to be basically stable.

#Comment Re: made: 2011-06-12 01:16:42.035402+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, that the few flight shots show the straps tight says there are things they have yet to prove about flight characteristics.

It is interesting, though. In light of the Parrot AR Drone, I've been wondering how long it'll be before someone builds a hybrid human carrying quadcopter. There are issues to be resolved (disaster recovery with fixed pitch props, for instance), but it seems to me that a turbine running a generator, and then 4 solid state controlled motors running fixed pitch props should give you a ton of control with far fewer moving parts and complex mechanical linkages than a standard helicopter. With the advent of rocket deployed 'chutes it may be doable...

#Comment Re: made: 2011-06-11 21:03:55.237383+00 by: TheSHAD0W [edit history]

I can't see what keeps it from flipping over sideways. There doesn't seem to be anything that directs the air that way, and with a rider it's top-heavy.