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It’s happening. Our dream of cruising around on speeder bikes is one step closer to becoming a reality. British engineering company Malloy Aeronautics has struck a deal with the US Department of Defense to develop and build the first truly functional, full-sized “hoverbike” in the United States. Endor, here we come.
While Malloy’s hoverbike has actually been around for a while (it burst onto the scene last year as a Kickstarter project), the company has made some design changes since the original hit the streets. In its current version, the craft is essentially a giant, rideable quadcopter with overlapping rotor blades, which helps reduce both weight and width for increased maneuverability.
“There are a lot of advantages of the Hoverbike over a regular helicopter,” says team member Grant Stapleton. “Primarily there’s safety… with adducted [or streamlined] rotors you immediately not only protect people and property if you were to bump into them, but if you ever were to bump something it’s [not] going to bring [this] aircraft out of the air.” Then there’s cost: the fuel-less hover bikes are much cheaper to run and build than traditional aircrafts.
originally posted by: Thorneblood
America, # Yeah!
originally posted by: BASSPLYR
a reply to: grey580
The multi functionality of it is appealing.
If you can put fancy skins on it that will take light fire from rifles. You could use the thing like a mule. Like a sensor platform or like a lite recon scout.
Wonder how fast these things can get up to. If these are quiet and can do 120. Imagine how fast you could sneak up on a post or have SF infiltrate through a city to make a raid in the middle of the night.
I can see them being used like the old open topped jeeps that people used to ride around bases in.
Make a two seater with a light machine gun or mk19 on the back and use it like Calvery to flank the enemy.
originally posted by: Answer
While this would be cool as hell to see... just because the military is working on development, doesn't mean it will ever see full-scale production. They may end up dumping millions into the idea only to abandon it for a lack of feasibility... happens all the time, unfortunately.