Hoverbike takes off
Australian Christopher Malloy has built what seems to be a working hoverbike. Built in his Sydney garage, with a custom carbon-fibre frame and a BMW engine, the machine is being touted as "Star Wars Speeder bike Mk1".
Currently restricted to tethered flights of a few inches altitude, Malloy claims the bike feels stable, and is just waiting permission to undertake untethered tests.
'I am still ground testing at the moment only because I'm not 100 per cent sure what will happen so the straps are there to cover the unknown. I haven't had the pleasure of flying round the countryside yet.
'It is quite stable and doesn't want to tip over but if something unplanned happened during testing I wouldn't want to break the prototype.
'The Hoverbike was built with safety in mind so at least three components have to fail before you might have a serious airborne failure.
'There are also two explosive parachutes attached to the airframe and of course the rider could choose to wear their own parachute too.
- 10,000ft altitude.
- 92 mile, 45 minute flight on one tank
- £45,000 pricetag
As soon as I win the Lottery, I know who is going to get a knock at the door...