Instead of driving fast on the highway, the reality is one car follows slowly behind the next. But how about no more traffic jams! How nice it would be if we could put an end to this meaningless waiting. For example, by simply flying over the traffic jam? You heard right! This adventurous idea could soon become reality. The mega-metropolis Dubai is showing the way forward, the authorities of the Arab Emirate is planning to introduce the “Hoverbike” floating aircraft to its police forces, in the near future. This looks like a conventional motorcycle – but instead of tires, the Hoverbike has propellers. Several companies are currently working in partnership on the implementation of this futuristic device, whose structural inspiration, it can be assumed, stems from science fiction films such as “Star Wars”.
Various companies – including Malloy Aeronautics, Aerofex and Hoversurf – are working at full speed to implement the concept, sometimes using different versions. Although the principle is basically the same, the models differ in the number of rotors, range and payload. The “Scorpion-3 Hoverbike” from the company Hoversurf is to be the prelude for the police in Dubai. It should soon enable the emergency services to fly over traffic jams and other obstacles and thus arrive faster at the scene of an emergency. The S-3 carries up to 300 kilograms and reaches a maximum speed of 70 kilometers per hour with a range of 21 kilometers. At a height of five meters, it will allow the police officers to glide over the city for 20 minutes, whereby the SD LiPo batteries used – with only three hours of charging time – can be easily replaced. This means that the aircraft can remain operational for longer periods of time.
Manufacturers such as the British company Malloy Aeronautics not only facilitate passenger transport, but they are also working on a system that can transport and autonomously deploy supplies and equipment – ideal for use in crisis and emergency situations. The possibilities of Hoverbikes are almost unlimited! The devices can be operated using a joystick both manned and unmanned. Another advantage: In many countries, a pilot’s license and registration is not required for aircraft weighing up to 115 kilograms. The S-3, for example, weighs 104 kilograms including batteries. Thanks to fewer moving parts, the aircraft’s operating costs are also significantly lower than those of conventional aircraft and helicopters. But it remains to be seen whether it could be affordable for every household to invest in a Hoverbike instead of a car in the future.
Photos: Hoversurf Presse, Malloy Aeronautics Presse