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We Will Definitely Drive a Star Wars Hoverbike by 2017

Have you ever dreamed of driving the Star Wars hoverbike? Now you can. Ok, not now, but as soon as 2017. A company ...

We Will Definitely Drive a Star Wars Hoverbike by 2017

Have you ever dreamed of driving the Star Wars hoverbike? Now you can. Ok, not now, but as soon as 2017. A company from California, Aerofex, is turning this dream into a reality. They have created a hoverbike, Aero-X, that lets you drive with a speed of 72 km/h while hovering 3.6 meters above the ground.

 

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It is designed for two people and is 4.5m long, 2m wide and only 1.25m high. It's built primarily of carbon fibre and it is expected to weigh 365kg. The lifting power of the hover comes from the two ducted rotors that are facing the ground. They are controlled by two control sticks that allow the changing of the angle of the rotor. It takes off vertically and lands the same way. Also, learning to operate it can be done in a very short time. With a full tank of fuel it is expected to run for 75 minutes. The bike has already been tested in the Mojave Desert in 2012 and showed great results. Although it is mainly adapted for different off-road uses, such as search and rescue, border patrol, and even agriculture, it can be used for leisure purposes as well.

 

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When asked whether these bikes would be populating streets in the near future, Aerofex’s response was: “I do not think you will ever see these vehicles on the road. They are designed for rural utility and would not be useful as a commuter vehicle. In addition, the legal barriers to such use are presently very high. We may see a derivative of this type of vehicle over the roads in the far off future, but that path is difficult to foresee.”

 

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The bike can be pre-purchased for $5000 now, but you will get it in 2017 for $85,000. The money is refundable in case you change your mind.

 

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