The Real Life Jedi Hover Bike

There’s a guaranteed market for these things – Star Wars fans, Comic-Con and Dragon*Con types, … um and me. Deborah Netburn reports for the LA Times:

Forget the flying car. In the future of our dreams, we want to be gliding around Jedi-style on hover bikes like the one currently in development by Aerofex, an aerospace company in Manhattan Beach.

Aerofex recently posted new video of its hovercraft gliding inches over a crackly brown desert. The hovering action is provided by two ducted rotors on the underside of the vehicle that spin in opposite directions. A pilot controls the hover bike by leaning to the left and right, in much the same way a rider controls a bicycle.

In a caption accompanying the video, the company explains that it has added technology to keep dust and debris away from the pilot, which apparently has been a problem with rotored vehicles in the past.

The company has been working on its hover bike since at least 2008, according Aerofex’s flight log, which invites readers to follow along as the company makes improvements to the vehicle…

[continues in the LA Times]


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6 Comments on "The Real Life Jedi Hover Bike"

  1. Calypso_1 | Aug 22, 2012 at 3:22 pm |

    NEEDS afterburner.

  2. Anarchy Pony | Aug 22, 2012 at 3:34 pm |

    Sorry, but speeder bikes and all star wars craft rely on gravity repulsor lifts, which are able to repulse against gravitational fields with very little energy input, unlike this ducted fan monstrosity which is probably an absolutely terrible fuel hog.

  3. LAME!

    I want one of these that I can fly around in. 

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