Aerofex: Hover bike fit for buzzing around Endor

Why should hover cars get all the glory? Aerofex is developing a hover bike that uses two fans and looks more like a flying motorcycle.

Aerofex hover bike
This hover vehicle was born to be wild. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

When it comes to things from "Star Wars" that I'd like to see in reality, my list includes Ewoks, R2-D2, Wookies, and speeder bikes. Looks like I'll have to settle for a sort-of speeder bike.

The Aerofex hover bike has been in development for some years now, but recent test-flight videos have arrived showing it fully functioning over a dry lake bed in a desert.

The Aerofex uses two ducted fans rather than wheels. The rider's leaning controls the direction of the bike. One of the project's goals is to create a natural-feeling riding experience, much like being on a motorcycle.

Right now, the Aerofex is mostly a proof-of-concept. It's not quite ready to go zipping through forests, but it's as close as we have to an actual speeder bike. Now let's get to work on creating some Ewoks.

Check out the Aerofex in action in the video below. The pilot is doing his best "Look, ma, no hands!" to confirm the stability of the craft.

(Via Gizmag)

 

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