HOVERBIKE – it’s time to change a motorcycle

I found a very interesting project – HOVERBIKE. This is a revolution in aviation, you can sit on it like on a motorcycle, but your trip looks like a drone flight. HOVERBIKE designed to do what a helicopter does, but cost less.

What is interesting, the drone apart from its stunning and original looks, is safe and versatile, and when coupled with a 3DR Pixhawk flight controller it can fly by itself on a pre-determined flight path and return home.

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Most important facts from the specification:

Engine

  • Flat twin 4-stroke,
  • one camshaft and 4-valves per cylinder,
  • central balancer shaft,
  • 1170cc, 7500rpm, 80KW,
  • Aircooled,
  • Fuel tank capacity 30L (with secondary tanks:  60L)
  • Fuel Burn: 0.5L/min / 30L/hr
  • Custom 1.5:1 reduction Gearbox

Propellers

  • 2 x Oak with carbon fiber leading edge

Airframe

  • Carbon fiber with Kevlar reinforcement and foam core (Width: 1.3m, Length:  3m, Height:  0.55m

Weight

  • Dry 105kg
  • Maximum >270kg
  • Total Thrust >295kg

Range

  • 148km on primary tank @ 80knts cruise (290km with secondary tanks installed)

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On kickstarter you can find 1/3rd scale drone project. This drone is as a proof of concept for latest full-sized Hoverbike prototype.

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