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Old 06-13-2011, 02:25 PM   #1
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Smile Hover Bikes Are Real

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This is a hover bike. No, I don’t mean some scale model of one, I mean a full-scale one that its Australian creator, Chris Malloy, says can fly up to 10,000 feet. It looks like something straight out of G.I. Joe or another Saturday morning cartoon. But that might be because it is literally the seat and the 1,170cc 4-stroke boxer engine of a BMW motorcycle welded to two massive 80kW rotor blades.

Supposedly this 595-pound wonder airframe, made of carbon fiber reinforced by Kevlar and a foam core, can deliver 650-pounds of thrust. With the bike throttle turned all the way up, the can reach 92 mph and go for 100 miles. The two rotors, custom-made using Tasmanian Oak and a carbon-fiber frame, use counter rotation to prevent the hover bike from simply rotating in the air.


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As for testing, Malloy has not put the hover bike to real-life, in the sky testing yet. But the real tests will be coming in the next few weeks with aspirations to bring the vehicle to limited production. Malloy hopes to pick up some investors so a small production line can start in the next years and full production after 2 years. Starting price is $40,000.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/23017...n_the_sky.html
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It ain't real until I see some video of it in action.
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Site claims videos are down due to traffic. Promises a last tethered flight test video soon. I'm sure his videos are right behind that flying car company's videos in the upload queue.
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How do you stop that thing?

I mean, once you get going, it takes a bit to stop.
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this just in,, man invents new way to chop off !

i'll pass on this one
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Some serious innovation there, this is cool as whether it works well or not. Have any of you geniuses invented a hover bike?
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The CG appears to be at or above the centerline. That thing would be completely unstable and would try to turn upside down in a heartbeat.
Plus how are you going to stablize much less steer the thing.
It's another pie-in-the-sky project where somebody is hoping to dupe a rich investor that doesn't understand basic aerodynamics or physics.
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The CG appears to be at or above the centerline. That thing would be completely unstable and would try to turn upside down in a heartbeat.
Plus how are you going to stablize much less steer the thing.
It's another pie-in-the-sky project where somebody is hoping to dupe a rich investor that doesn't understand basic aerodynamics or physics.
You mean it's supposed to fly? I thought it was a double chipper...
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it weighs 600 pounds, delivers 650 pounds of thrust.....how does it get off the ground if you (rider) weigh over 50 pounds?
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Skirts around the fans, might actualy add some stabilization to it, though I imagine you wouldn't want to go much above ground effect. Be interesting to see how development comes along.
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it weighs 600 pounds, delivers 650 pounds of thrust.....how does it get off the ground if you (rider) weigh over 50 pounds?
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Some serious innovation there, this is cool as whether it works well or not. Have any of you geniuses invented a hover bike?
99 percent perspiration and 1 percent inspiration. I think this would be great way to avoid the cagers if you get that high. Also note that it is tethered and the guy is still wearing gear.
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So how do you go forward? or any direction for that mattter?

Even helicpoters have jet engines to propel themselves forward.....plus the main rotor to give them lift


all I see here are the main rotor(s)
WHERE ARE THE PHUKIN JETZ!?!?
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