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The US Army's Newest Project: Hoverbikes

The Department of Defense has recently signed a contract with Malloy Aeronautics, a London-based company, to develop hoverbikes for the US Army. Over the last few years, Malloy Aeronautics has been developing a prototype hoverbike. Recently Malloy used Kickstarter to raise funds to continue with their project.

The hoverbike is the newest technology that combines the freedom of a helicopter and the simplicity of a motorbike to create the world’s first flying motorcycle. The design of the hoverbike is cheaper to build and operate and easier to use than a helicopter. When the US Department of Defense saw the Kickstarter campaign, they immediately contacted Malloy to craft a contract.

The first step of the new contract is to build a working full-scale model of the hoverbike. Malloy Aeronautics will set up shop in Maryland to work with a defense company there to develop the hoverbike for the US military. Furthermore, during the research and development stages of the project the two companies will work with US Army Research Laboratory to create a new class of Tactical Reconnaissance Vehicles.

The hoverbike developers have always considered this project ideal for search and rescue missions. Furthermore, the bike will prove useful for different cargo delivery missions. The company has also considered this new vehicle excellent for surveillance if a humanoid figure and head-mounted camera were added to the bike. 

Once a full-scale working model is ready the DoD will use this design to make a military-grade prototype. Until then Malloy Aeronautics continues its work to make different scale models. Furthermore, they continue their work to develop a commercial model of the hoverbike.

The money Malloy raised during their Kickstarter campaign was used to build their first full-scale model that could carry a human. The company displayed their full-scale model at the Paris Air Show. The hoverbike has adducted rotors which help to protect people and property if the bike bumps into anything or falls out of the sky. The new hoverbike has increased safety and costs less to build than a helicopter. Soon the US Army will be flying around on their new hoverbikes. 

If you’re interested in the hoverbike, the video below demonstrates the hoverbike in action!

Image: flickr.com

 

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