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The present hoverbayk go on sale in 2017. And it flies!
When Aerofex showed its “hoverbayk” (from the English. hoverbike, «motorcycle soaring”), a California company started flowing stream of letters from people asking when it will be possible to buy a miracle. Aerofex now decided to sell the commercial model for 85,000 dollars – but have to leave a pre-order in the amount of $ 5,000. You say, dear? Possible. But it’s a miracle!
Commercial Design Aero-X combines channel rotors Hovercraft with ease steering motorcycle or ATV. This vehicle will hover above the ground to a height of almost 3.7 meters at a speed of 72 km / h Two people can move through the roadless areas. Fantastic machine was made possible only because Aerofex decided to complex engineering problems associated with stability and controllability, stirring in the creation of such funds from time immemorial.
“We’ve done a lot of work to figure out how to remove the docking effect – said Marc de Roche, CTO and founder Aerofex. – It is important to a man who had experience only with a motorcycle, could sit down and immediately feel at ease. ”
This is the docking effect has been known since the creation of open rotor transport helicopter like. If the pilot vehicle decides to go forward, rotary transport can deploy to the left due to the aerodynamics of rotating propellers – connecting effect that everyone should know the pilot to resist him by activating multiple items at once.
Pilot Prototype Aero-X can simply point the device forward, using handlebars like a motorcycle.
De Roche suggests that the final prototype of the Aero-X will carry 140 pounds of weight and work about 1 hour and 15 minutes with a full fuel tank. Ducted fans machine burns more fuel than a helicopter with an open screw but this transport is much less than a helicopter or airplane, and it is much easier to control.
Aerofix filed several patents for solving the problems of stability and ligaments, which prevented at an early stage of transport. One of the company’s solutions include a casing around the bottom of the front and rear screws to improve the management of vehicle traffic. If all goes well, flight testing the final version Aero-X will begin in 2016.
Aerofex engineers also had to cope with strong winds. To do this, they watched quadrocopter that have become popular among enthusiasts robotics. quadrocopter using conventional smartphone chipsets that include gyroscopes and accelerometers to determine the wind direction and strength, so like on-board computer can automatically compensate for the wind without the need for human intervention. Aerofex uses a similar tactic with the prototype Aero-X, so the floating vehicle automatically compensates for windy weather.
History Aero-X goes back to the Cold War, but rather transport developed in the 60s. Pioneer Aerospace Frank Piasecki developed similar “flying jeep” with vertical takeoff and landing for the U.S. Army. They can fly at altitudes up to three hundred feet in the air. However, the army abandoned the concept because of problems with stability and controllability, which managed to solve Aerofex recently.
Part of efforts Aerofex, aimed at trying to make Aero-X users convenient, led to the adjustment of transport performance to riders not soared too high or do not fly too fast. The team also provided for additional methods of protection against accidents and possibly create the airbag system for all transport.
“If we can not make it safe, we will not sell it,” – says de Roche.
Performance limitations of future Aero-X also ensure that drivers will not have to deal with too much red tape from Aviation Administration. The driver can avoid the need to obtain flying license if altitude limit within 3.7 meters.
Modern Aero-X prototypes include inactive wheels that will allow users to export in the future 365-pound trucks out of the garage. However, the de Roche says that the management of such transport on regular streets or in the city is sure to be an outlaw. But what is to go where there are no roads?
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