The American company Aerofex has built the first flying motorcycle in the world. “Hoverbike” vehicle that seems inspired from the famous Star Wars has already been tested in the Mojave Desert and will hit the market in 2017.
The motorcycle is powered by two rotors with paddles (for helicopter) oriented towards the ground. By changing the angles of the rotors, by means of two control levers, the vehicle is moving and changing direction.
During the tests, the motorcycle flew at a height of 4.5 meters with 48 km/h.
Here is what Aerofex says about their invention:
“Imagine personal flight as intuitive as riding a bike. Or transporting a small fleet of first-responder craft in the belly of a passenger transport.”
“Think of the advantages of patrolling borders without first constructing roads. Think of it as lowering the threshold of flight, down to the domain of ATV’s (all-terrain vehicles).”
“It essentially captures the translations between the two in three axis (pitch, roll and yaw), and activates the aerodynamic controls required to counter the movement — which lines the vehicle back up with the pilot.”
If you’re interested in buying such a beauty, it will cost you $85,000. You must sign up on the Aerofex waiting list.