Vor ungefähr 'nem einem Jahr hatte ich das DIY Hover-Bike von Chris Malloy gebloggt und während der das Teil weiterentwickelt und den Prototypen an Unterstützer verschenkt, hat Aerofex so ein Ding einfach mal fertig produziert und testet das
auf dem Waldmond Endor in der kalifornischen Mojave Wüste.
Von Live Science:
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.
But Aerofex does not plan to immediately develop and sell a manned version. Instead, the aerospace firm sees the aerial vehicle as a test platform for new unmanned drones — heavy-lift robotic workhorses that could use the same hover technology to work in agricultural fields, or swiftly deliver supplies to search-and-rescue teams in rough terrain. Aerofex has currently limited human flight testing to a height of 15 feet and speeds of about 30 mph, but more out of caution rather than because of any technological limits. Older versions of the hover vehicles could fly about as fast as helicopters, De Roche said.
Vorher auf Nerdcore: