Movie Tech: Star Wars Inspired Hover Bike Getting Very Close To Release
At Digital Afro, we always like to show you how what you see in films is not far from reality. Imagine going to work on your own flying motorcycle…science fiction right? not so fast. This prototype hover bike by Chris Malloy of Australia, is inspired by the speeder bikes from Return of the Jedi, and you don’t have to be a Jedi knight to own one. For only $40,000, this beautiful flying creation can be yours once it gets out of the testing phase.
Last year, we displayed another company in California was experimenting with their version of the hover bike, however Chris Malloy’s version is lighter, more agile, and promises to hit the market sooner.
Maloy’s 240 pound hover bike is powered by a 1,170cc 4-stroke engine and a carbon fiber drive shaft which turns two Tasmanian Oak propellers, and gives the hover bike a range of 92 miles, and a ceiling of 10,000 feet.
The entire project is being funded by donations on idegogo with an anticipated goal of $1.1 million. According to the website, a prototype can be built for you for about $40, 000 plus training, & cost of delivery.
As ridiculously cool as this looks, Malloy says he is still working on safety features to ensure the bike passes city regulations. For starters, Malloy plans on implementing a pair of seat belt style parachutes for emergencies, and requiring all riders to wear them other wise the vehicle will not start. Also, the production version will have more protective mesh covering for the propellers, and lastly, Malloy is finalizing on board gyroscopic controls to prevent the hover bike from tipping over.
For more details about the project, check out Hover-Bike.