Amateur Pilots Plus Hoverbike Technology
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?by TJ Hinton, on
Actually, it’s safer than the four Cuisinarts whirling around might suggest. Having said that, I doubt we will see approval for use in public areas in the U.S. anytime soon. Too bad, ’cause this is the closest I’ve seen to the functional Star Wars speeder bike I always wanted as a kid, and expected to have by this point in my life. The folks down at Hoversurf took quadcopter drone technology and used it to build a safe(ish) and stable, electric aircraft they dubbed SCORPION. Don’t believe it? Let’s have a look.
Continue reading for more information on the SCORPION from Hoversurf.
According to the folks at Hoversurf:
Have you ever dreamed of flying with the same simplicity as riding a bike? SCORPION platform is a single-seat aircraft that rediscovers the art of flying and hovering enabling a hi-tech quadcopter-based solution. It’s a unique electric-powered vessel combining a motorcycle seat with quadcopter drone technology bringing speed agility and stability of flight to the hands of amateur and professional navigators. For the moment, SCORPION platform is increasingly seen as an extreme sports instrument, yet the vessel’s transportation potential remains evident.
...SCORPION platform is part of a series of projects including Jetpack by Malloy, Aerofex, A. Duru, E-Hang, Bye-Gravity, E-volo. SCORPION platform was designed for extreme conditions and employs in-house custom software for full manual and automated control resulting in a thrilling flight experience. We dedicated a lot of resources and efforts to R&D achieving that the unit’s size and shape resemble a compact dirt bike. The design of SCORPION platform was inspired by heavy-duty sport-utility motorbike frames and the concept was combined with flight qualities providing speed and maneuvering. The machine basically surfs through the air by changing altitude and direction....
While our projects cover civil aircraft engineering, SCORPION platform was initially designed as a powerful tool for those who dare to challenge. SCORPION platform is equipped with a safety system powered by state of the art flight controllers, special logical programing and passive elements with computer aided speed and altitude limiting.
Well, there you have it, folks. I don’t know about you, but I’d jump on one of these and ride it like I stole it, right frikkin’ now.