“Where you’re going, there are no roads.”
Californian Tech company Aerofex Corp recently announced their plan to launch a personal hoverbike Aero-X in 2017, which shall be made available for everyone. The company claims to be already testing this vehicle, but adds that there’s a lot more room for developments before they let it out for general public. Aero X could revolutionize the concept of personal flight, and if one sits to fantasize, it’s also the most desired mode of transport right now.
Aero X runs pretty similar to a bike, and can carry two people. It hovers up to 12 feet (roughly over 3 meters) from the ground owing to its rotary engine driving the carbon fiber blades for the necessary lift. The craft registers a maximum speed of 72 km/h (45mph), which is pretty impressive. With a pre-fuel weight of 785lb, this hoverbike can handle an additional 310lb weight over any kind of surface, claims the company. On a full-tank, the bike’s expected to run smooth for 75 minutes. While it’s main functionality shall be of a low-altitude SUV, the developers state that the bike could be adapted for several potential uses. Mark De Roche, Founder/CTO Aerofex states –
The Aero-X will have a positive impact on agriculture, herd management, and geo-surveying – particularly in those parts of the world lacking general aviation. Its intuitive operation, low cost, and unique capabilities make it suitable for disaster relief, search and rescue, and patrolling borders and game parks. We believe it will enable low-altitude utility previously unavailable due to cost and training barriers.
The estimated price of Aero X is US $85,000. The company’s already accepting $5000 refundable deposits on its website, so that interested people may reserve their flight of the future now itself. The first flights are reserved for 2016. The dimensions of the hoverbike are – .5 m (14.8 ft) in length, 2.1 m (6.8 ft) in width and 4.1 feet (1.25 m) in height. Additional features under consideration in Aero X include airbags, flotation pontoons for water operations and transport trailers.
Watch the below video to know more. The video shows a current prototype model, and one can see the several letdowns the company’s planning to fix – like right now it looks seriously dangerous for the rider(s) as well as the bystanders, and it’s really too, too loud. What do you think about Aero X? Is it time we had this flight-power?
Via : Aerofex