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.
The aerial vehicle resembles a science fiction flying bike with two ducted rotors instead of wheels, but originates from a design abandoned in the 1960s because of stability and rollover problems. Aerofex, a California-based firm, fixed the stability issue by creating a mechanical system — controlled by two control bars at knee-level — that allows the vehicle to respond to a human pilot's leaning movements and natural sense of balance.
Originally posted by MysterX
Looks a bit like the 'solo-trek' flying machine.
Was due to be manufactured for the military..not sure if it ever was though.
It'll never take off (sorry) for the mass market...could you imagine the amount of dust and debris flying around from the force of the fans?
People walking along the street would be sandblasted by it all.
I reckon you could save a bit by using a scrap 250 engine from a scrappy, maybe weld up a big fan blade instead of buying one.
Haha. Yeah, might cost a bit though.