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Aerofex hover bike brings Star Wars transport closer to reality
OP: August 23, 2012, 07:32:06 AM Last Edit: August 23, 2012, 08:06:28 AM by drago6650
Aerofex hover bike brings Star Wars transport closer to reality

In footage that recalls the hover bikes featured in Star Wars movie "Return of the Jedi", a US company has tested a device that allows riders to float over the ground.

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 In footage released by Californian manufacturer Aerofex Corp the device can be seen hovering above a dry lake bed in the Mojave desert and performing a series of maneuvers.

Aerofex has spent the best part of four years perfecting its 'hover bike' and its latest offering can hover up to 15ft in the air, reaching speeds of 30mph.

The craft is steered by the rider leaning from side to side - just like a motorcycle - in a style reminiscent of the speeder bikes from "Return of the Jedi".

In a statement accompanying the video, the company explains the latest test model has technology to keep dust and debris away from the pilot, which had been a problem with rotored vehicles in the past.

The company plans to use the technology to develop unmanned aerial vehicles that can be used to patrol borders where there are no roads.

I would love to have one of those, would sure beat the rush hour...... :)

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Re: Aerofex hover bike brings Star Wars transport closer to reality
Thanks Jules did not realise my first link did not work.......  :13:

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Re: Aerofex hover bike brings Star Wars transport closer to reality
You're welcome.

Anyhow, the bike looks like it could take quite some time to develop. I can think of MANY reasons why this concept is a bad idea, and very few to encourage it's development  :-\

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With the right armour could be used by army for going over mine fields

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Possibly, although I'd be a bit concerned with the down force.

May also be useful for specially trained emergency personal where traffic is a major concern.

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Would be fun to have ago on one....beware of ewoks though... :)


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I'd rather have the back to the future hover board.
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^ :cool2: