US soldiers could soon travel like stormtroopers
Military bosses developing Star Wars 'hoverbikes' for the battlefield
Star Wars could soon be headed to the battlefield - thanks to a New Zealand inventor.
Malloy Aeronautics has revealed a deal with the U.S. Department of Defense to develop its radical flying machine for the military.
They say the Hoverbike is being developed to operate as a new class of Tactical Reconnaissance Vehicle (TRV).
Malloy Aeronautics has revealed a deal with the U.S. Department of Defense to develop its radical flying machine for the US military.
A mockup of the full sized hoverbike, which is similar in size to a small car.
HOW IT WORKS
The 'hoverbike' is similar to a quadcopter, using four standard helicopter style rotors, overlapped with each other.
The full sized design uses a motorcycle engine and controls.
The firm made the announcement at the Paris Air Show.
Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford joined with SURVICE Engineering Co., a Belcamp, Md.-based defense firm, and U.K.-based Malloy Aeronautics, an aeronautical engineering firm, to announce that the two companies have teamed up on the development of Hoverbike technology for the U.S. Department of Defense.
SURVICE and Malloy are working on the Hoverbike as part of an ongoing research and development contract with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory.
As part of this strategic alliance, Malloy Aeronautics has also announced that they have established a U.S. office in Belcamp adjacent to Aberdeen Proving Ground to complete work on the Hoverbike.
'I am pleased to join with SURVICE Engineering and Malloy Aeronautics to announce their partnership on the Hoverbike, which represents a new frontier in aviation,' said Lt. Governor Rutherford.
'We are also very excited to welcome Malloy and look forward to working with them to grow their operations in Maryland.'
'Establishing an office in Maryland was a clear business decision,' said Chris Malloy, managing director of Malloy Aeronautics.
'The proximity to the Army Research Laboratory and U.S. defense decision makers, access to the world-class facilities through the laboratory's Open Campus initiative, and the co-location with our strategic business partner, SURVICE Engineering, were all factors in favor of Maryland as the best choice for Malloy Aeronautics.'
The hoverbike is here! The 1/3 scale version of the bike being piloted by a 3d printed robo-pilot
The firm says it producing a 1/3 sized version of its design to help fund the full sized prototype.
'This drone was originally built as a proof of concept for our latest full-sized Hoverbike prototype,' said Chris Malloy, the drone's inventor.
'After testing the 1/3rd Hoverbike, we realized that it had lots of features that made it a fantastic drone, not only this - selling this scale Hoverbike to the public would allow us to raise funds to continue the development of the manned version.
'The objective of this campaign is to kick-start sales of our beautiful 1/3rd scale Hoverbike drone and accessories via your pledges, and to help create a long term income stream that we can use to continue development of the manned Hoverbike,' it says.
The full sized design uses a motorcycle engine and controls.
However, the smaller version uses electric motors, and can be controlled using a standard RC helicopter controller.
The hoverbike in action - complete with its 3D printed humanoid robot driver.
The drone is made up of four blade, which give it its stability.
The firm says its full sized version could be used to commute on.
The futuristic prototype has the potential to travel up to 92 miles or for about 45 minutes on one tank of fuel and is expected to come with a hefty price tag of more than £45,000.
So far the bike, which weighs 270kgs, has only been tested while tethered to the ground to prevent it flying too high. But plans to test it's capabilities without any restrictions are set to go-ahead soon.
The firm will also make a 3D printable pilot, who can have a Go Pro camera fitted in his 'head' to record flights
'We combined the simplicity of a motorbike and the freedom of a helicopter to create the world's first flying motorcycle,' it said.
'When compared with a helicopter, the Hoverbike is cheaper, more rugged and easier to use - and represents a whole new way to fly.
'The Hoverbike flies like a quadcopter, and can be flown unmanned or manned, while being a safe - low level aerial workhorse with low on-going maintenance.'
The firm says it is almost ready to begin flight testing of the full sized version.
Big screen: Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) battle a Stormtrooper on their speeder bike in Star Wars Return of the Jedi
'We are in the final construction stages of the latest manned prototype of Hoverbike, and in a few months we will start flight testing.
'After the successful completion of test flights we will build a final engineering prototype for submission to aviation certification authorities.
0-60 in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 80mph: the former tank that performs like a sports car on any terrain
It can go from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, travel at 80 mph, and manoeuvre over any surface or terrain a tank can.
A US company is selling high-powered former military tanks as 'luxury vehicles' for anyone who has a spare few hundred thousands dollars.
Looking like a cross between the Batmobile and a moon buggy, the Ripsaw Extreme Vehicle 2 has been crafted into 'one of the world's most sought after high performance, luxury vehicles,' according to makers Howe & Howe Technologies.
Fast: The Ripsaw Extreme Vehicle 2 is the fastest tracked military vehicle created by Howe & Howe
Originally designed for the US military for service as a high-speed tracked vehicle, it is the fastest tracked vehicle ever developed.
Since its military beginnings, the tank now sports 12-inches of suspension travel, a luxury interior, and a 600 horsepower diesel engine, while the gun and much of its body armor has been removed.
The vehicle has advanced suspension tracks, while its huge engine that sits at the back, giving it an acceleration that rivals most sports cars.
The custom-made machines are capable of trekking across all terrains including ice, snow and desert and have been developed in the name of fun.
'These vehicles take up to six months to fabricate and can cost well into the hundreds of thousands depending on desired luxury and performance packages,' a company spokesman said.
Agile: The vehicles are described as the ultimate luxury vehicle for off-roading
Flashy: Inside the cockpit, the colorful controls look like something out of the movies. Incidentally, the vehicle was recently used in Mad Max 2
High powered: The custom made tanks take about six months to alter into the ultimate all terrain vehicles
Movie fans may recognize the souped up tanks as the Peacemaker chase vehicle in Mad Max: Fury Road.
Filmmakers use a modified Ripsaw, with a car body on top, in the Hollywood blockbuster.
The limited edition EV2s have been developed for public and extreme off road recreation.
Desert: The Ripsaw EV2 was originally designed and built for the military as a high speed super tank
All terrain: The military vehicle was designed for all surfaces and is described as the ultimate off-road luxury vehicle. This can be used as the base for an anti UAV weapon