The US army research laboratory has tapped a UK based engineering company Malloy Aeronautics, as well as US national defense engineering company Survice Engineering, to develop cover bikes for the US department of defense.
Both companies made the announcement last Tuesday, at the International Paris Air Show in France.
The Malloy Aeronautics hybrid hoverbike resembles a large drone.
And, it's powered by a 1,170-cc four-stroke engine, turning two large oak propellers, supported by a lightweight carbon fiber frame.
The hoverbike has a takeoff weight of just under 600 pounds.
It can fly up to 91 miles on a single tank of gas.
The hover bike was engineered and built by Chris Malloy, founder of Malloy Aeronautics, in his garage in Sydney, Australia and gained notoriety after a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Malloy raised over $101,000 to develop the hovercraft further.
The P2 hover bike is still undergoing testing using a smaller drone model due to safety and legal concerns.
And has been flown with human riders while still tethered to the ground.
You can read more about the Malloy
The aeronautics P2 hoverbike on the crave blog at crave.cnet.com.
The creative story was written by Danny Gallagher.
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