It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... a... flying motorcycle? Yesterday that may have sounded unbelievable and ridiculous. But today, you better believe it. Flying cars have long since been a dream for those who love technology and futurist dreamers alike. But engineer Chris Malloy just took it to the next level.
In 2011 Malloy and his company, Malloy Aeronautics, developed an original vehicle they called a Hoverbike. To the untrained eye it just looks like a motorcycle with wheels that are parallel to the ground rather than perpendicular. And although they look like wheels they are actually power rotors.
The original Hoverbike could travel as fast as 173 mph and up to 10,000 feet above the ground. But it also presented some safety concerns. The biggest one being that it was unable to take sharp turns without losing the pilot in the process.
Among that and other reasons, Malloy Aeronautics has decided to improve the hoverbike and is currently working on a newer quadcopter model. It will have dual rotors on both the front and back of the vehicle, giving it a total of 4 rotors and significant stability, so losing the pilot is no longer an issue.
An interesting part of this project is that its funding comes from Kickstarter which connects dreamers to people that have money. Kickstarter.com basically just provides a platform for people with developed business plans to plead their case and anyone who really believes in it has a chance to pledge money towards developing the business plan.
One way creators often bring in investors is by promising them some type of incentive once the project takes off. In Chris Malloy's case, he has come up with a fully functioning model of the quadcopter that is 1/3 the size that the final product will be. This is available to investors after pledging a certain amount.
And luckily, kickstarter.com was so helpful that Malloy Aeronautics not only met, but exceeded their goal and now have more than enough funding to help finish the manned quadcopter design. The smaller remote controlled, or "drone," models are fully functioning and have already been seen in flight.
The drones were originally made to test out their plans for the full size, manned hoverbike. They ended up working so well that they decided to mass produce and sell them to assist people in doing an endless list of tasks and to bring in more funds to go towards finishing the full size vehicle.
You may be interested to know that the hoverbike was not originally designed with the intent of just looking cool and futuristic. Chris Malloy actually had quite practical intentions. According to their website ( http://www.hover-bike.com ), their goal is simply to produce a safe and reliable helicopter.
They go more in depth saying that "the Hoverbike has been designed from the very beginning to replace conventional helicopters in everyday one man operational areas like surveying, mainly for the obvious fact that it is inefficient and dangerous to place regular helicopters in harsh working environments."
"Also from a practical commercial position in which bringing a cheaper, better product will not only take over the existing market but can open it up to far more new customers who before could not afford the upfront costs of a typical helicopter and the very expensive and often unlooked maintenance costs."
The bike operates at a safe, low level height and can easily replace previous one man helicopters for professional tasks. It is purposed to complete jobs such as search and rescue, precision farming, first responder emergency services and cargo shipping of up to 265lbs.
Malloy Aeronautics claims that they aren't really doing anything new. After all they did not develop any component or system that has not been designed and thoroughly tested before. The only new thing they are doing is combining existing systems. Either way many find it truly innovative, even amazing.
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