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originally posted by: TEOTWAWKIAIFF
There are several threads on various versions but this one does not have a thread of its own. Until now...
YouTube - Hoverbike S3 2019 Dubai Police Flying Lesson
Hoversurf's preorders have been made available for people attracted to their new Hoverbike S3 2019. The price is $150,000 with a reservation deposit of $10,000. Delivery will be in 2 to 6 months. Deliveries will be based on when you made your reservation.
Valera noted the capability for taking an "adult rider 16 feet above the ground, at speeds of up to 60 mph for 10 to 25 minutes, depending on weight and weather conditions."
She also noted its new "hybrid lithium-manganese-nickel" battery. Nicolas Zart in CleanTechnica: "The HoverBike S3 uses LiNiMnCoO2 (Lithium manganese nickel) for a 'hybrid' battery approach. This offers a high level of safety and low resistance of manganese due to the high energy of nickel."
techxplore.com, Nov. 6, 2018 - Hoverbike S3 2019 sparks eVTOL interest, preorders open.
Apparently, “WORLD’s FIRST No pilot LICENCE, No aircraft CERTIFICATION official approved personal drone HOVERBIKE S3 2019″ really irked the FAA. Officially, the FAA determines whether an aircraft, such as the Hoversurf model, meets the aviation § 103.1(a), (c), and (e) requirements. The Hoverbike S3 does, so take that to mean it’s been approved if you like, but don’t go too far with the claim if you don’t want to upset the FAA.
Hoverbike S3 2019 take off FPV video
cleantechnica.com - FAA OKs Third Ultralight eVTOL.
The "e" is because it is electric. VTO is "vertical Take Off" and because you will need to at some point, "L" is for "Landing". The whole thing is smashed together to describe these "craft". eVTOL is considered more of a "personal drone" rather than an aircraft. It would be fun to go 60 MPH but then what? Sits around in the garage with your Peleton exercise bike and the snow blower.
Is that insane or what?!! 5 meters off the ground... uh, I don't think so, Tim. Going over the handle bars would be a dicey situation (sorry, the pun monster needs to eat too!). Luckily, I have other things to do with 150,00 dollars.
First, would you ride one? Next, do you want one? Last, opinions.
Remember, vote early, vote often!
Didn't see the further post, huh? FAA said they cannot enforce pilot license. They are legal to own and fly.
Hoversurf likened the Scorpion-3 to other untested-but-inarguably-cool-looking passenger-ready prototypes like Malloy, Aeofex, E-volo, and Ehang. The hoverbike uses custom-built software to limit its range and velocity in order to assure a safe ride, the company says. Hoversurf says the Scorpion’s design was “inspired by heavy-duty sport-utility motorbike frames” and “basically surfs through the air by changing altitude and direction.”
So now that we’re seeing halfway decent hoverbike technology, the question is what’s next? Clearly an ecosystem of engineers and investors with their head in the clouds and money to spend is starting to emerge.
YouTube sensation and inventor Colin Furze showed off his hoverbike last year, which does legitimately hover for short periods of time. And the US Department of Defense recently announced a deal with Malloy Aeronautics, a UK-based company, to develop the vehicle for the US Army. Dubai’s Road and Transportation Authority struck a deal with Ehang to test its passenger ready drones in the skies over the city later this year.
And jetpacks and flying cars, too! Everyone from Uber to Airbus is working on a prototype. After a year when the word “hover” was used to describe a surplus of products that did nothing of the sort, there is a handful of companies who are working to make hovering — real hovering — great again.
originally posted by: neo96
a reply to: TEOTWAWKIAIFF
I'd add a machine gun turret under the front, and some rocket launchers.
And go to the gun range and rehearse for the the destruction of the death star.
Propeller guards will add weight shortening the already short run time and the marketing guys thought it was too short already, in fact it probably doesn't really last as long as they claim it does. Do people really want to give up that much performance just for the sake of keeping their limbs attached to their body?
originally posted by: tadaman
a reply to: TEOTWAWKIAIFF
Jesus, did no one in marketing suggest some propeller guards?