These hover bikes are now set to become a reality as soon as 2017. Aerofex Corp, a California-based tech company has created a bike that will let enthusiasts speed along at 72kmph while hovering up to 3.6 metres above the ground.
The company claims to be already testing this vehicle, but adds that there’s a lot more room for developments before they let it out for general public. Aero-X could revolutionise the concept of personal flight, and if one sits to fantasise, it’s also the most desired mode of transport right now.
With carbon fibre rotors taking the place of wheels, the Aero-X will be able to take-off and land vertically without the need for a runway or forward speed, according to the company. It’s also reported to be as easy to ride as a motorcycle, as pilots will be able to use the handlebar grips, situated at knee level, to control the hover bike in a similar fashion. They’ll only need about a weekend of training to be able to fly it easily, the company claims.
Running on the automotive gasoline fuel, the Aero-X bike is 4,500mm long, 2,100mm wide and 1,250mm in height. The bike is expected to weigh 365kg. According to the company, the new hover bike can carry two people and can travel for 75 minutes using standard automobile fuel. However, it can’t carry more than 140kg load.
According to Aerofex Corp, the hover bike is designed to bridge the gap between light aircraft and all-terrain vehicles, making it an affordable alternative to planes and helicopters for surveying, search and rescue, border patrol and disaster relief.
The hover bike will offer a variety of safety features such as vertical takeoffs and landings, ducts covering the carbon fibre fans, a roll bar, and optional air bags. The consumer version of Aerofex’s hover bike is expected to be priced at Rs 50 lakh
- Occupancy: 2 persons
- Altitude: 0 to 12 feet above surface level
- Airspeed: 0 to 45 mph (72 kmh)
- Takeoff Speed: 0 mph
- Useful Load: 310 lbs (140 kgs)
- Duration: 1.25 hours
- Length: 14.8 feet (4.5 m)
- Width: 6.8 feet (2.1 m)
- Height: 4.1 feet (1.25 m)
- Dry weight: 785 lbs (356 kg)
- Fuel: automotive gasoline