Star Wars hovering speederbike becomes a sort of reality

first_imgReturn of the Jedi wasn’t the best Star Wars film but it certainly did contain one of the coolest vehicles: the speederbike. Now a company called Aerofex seems to have replicated that legendary craft.The new speeder is not exactly the one from the 1983 film, but it does hover just like it. It’s called a rotorcraft and it uses the same dynamics as a helicopter in order to lift and carry itself and a rider above the ground. This isn’t completely new tech — they tested this vehicle in 2008 — unfortunately that flight ended in the rotorcraft crashing into a tumbleweed, which caught fire as a result. Luckily the pilot only came away with burnt hands.Since then they have been working on making the rotorcraft easier to control, therefore making the flight much more stable. The vehicle can hover up to 15 feet in the air and travel at 30 mile per hour.The people at Aerofex don’t want to recreate Star Wars speederbikes though, in fact in the future they don’t want these bikes to be manned at all. They want to create unmanned drones that are safe to be around humans.  The closed off rotors used in this technology would help them accomplish this (and prevent anything terrible from happening to small pets).It seems we’re still quite a few years away from speeding through Endor on these things. The video above does show what the rotorcraft can do and it’s fairly impressive. Sadly there’s no sound to the video, nor is the test pilot dressed like a Stormtrooper, so you’ll just have to use your imagination for now.More at Flightlog via Dvicelast_img

first_imgReturn of the Jedi wasn’t the best Star Wars film but it certainly did contain one of the coolest vehicles: the speederbike. Now a company called Aerofex seems to have replicated that legendary craft.The new speeder is not exactly the one from the 1983 film, but it does hover just like it. It’s called a rotorcraft and it uses the same dynamics as a helicopter in order to lift and carry itself and a rider above the ground. This isn’t completely new tech — they tested this vehicle in 2008 — unfortunately that flight ended in the rotorcraft crashing into a tumbleweed, which caught fire as a result. Luckily the pilot only came away with burnt hands.Since then they have been working on making the rotorcraft easier to control, therefore making the flight much more stable. The vehicle can hover up to 15 feet in the air and travel at 30 mile per hour.The people at Aerofex don’t want to recreate Star Wars speederbikes though, in fact in the future they don’t want these bikes to be manned at all. They want to create unmanned drones that are safe to be around humans.  The closed off rotors used in this technology would help them accomplish this (and prevent anything terrible from happening to small pets).It seems we’re still quite a few years away from speeding through Endor on these things. The video above does show what the rotorcraft can do and it’s fairly impressive. Sadly there’s no sound to the video, nor is the test pilot dressed like a Stormtrooper, so you’ll just have to use your imagination for now.More at Flightlog via Dvicelast_img

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