OK, it’s not quite Destiny’s Sparrow but it’s a start. This thing is a drone that will be used to fund and build a full-sized version as a flying bike.
To reiterate. Flying. Bike.
It was originally built as a 1/3 scale proof of concept for the full-sized bike but creator Chris Malloy and the UK team is working on it as a drone to fund the larger and far more important project.
The Kickstarter’s currently reached £48,716 ($82,000), well over its £30,000 ($50,000) goal with five days to spare. The full-sized bike will adopt the drone’s overlapping quad rotor configuration as, according to Malloy, the original (and cooler looking) two blade thing wouldn’t be cheap enough to be competitive.
However, just to make sure we’re not having too much fun thinking about flying around the place the Kickstarter outlines that FLYING BIKES have a serious and practical use.
“Its low cost and practical size lends itself to search and rescue, precision farming and cattle mustering, first-responder emergency services and cargo insertion of up to 120kg (265lbs) into confined spaces. We believe it would be ideal for ski and mountain rescue, airborne logistics and time-sensitive personnel insertion/extraction during major disasters.”
It’s almost like they’re trying to make it sound like not fun.
Hoverbike [Kickstarter, via Business Insider]
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