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).
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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 WORKSThe '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 world's first flying motorcycle! Hoverbike gets test flight
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 has been dubbed the first 'sports tank', boasting supercar performance on tank tracks.
Originally developed to help to military avoid IEDs, the Ripsaw 'sports tank' has become a hit with car enthusiasts.
Now, a new version has received a huge overhaul - and has been dubbed 'the most obnoxious vehicle ever built'.
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The newest incarnation, the EV3-F1, is 'the most extreme and most terrain dominant Ripsaw ever developed,' the firm behind it says.
Originally designed and built for the military as a light weight, go fast super tank, it found a second life as a luxury vehicle for well heeled car fans.
'Since 2013, Howe and Howe Tech has spent thousands of man hours developing these beautiful yet rugged and refined consumer based Ripsaw chassis's for the high end luxury market and extreme off-road enthusiast,' the firm said.
'From 16 inches of suspension travel, to luxurious interiors and up to 1500 horsepower, The Ripsaw platform is in league of its own when it comes to capability, speed, sheer adrenaline and luxury.'
The firm refuses to say how much each vehicle costs, but says they are 'handcrafted, limited run, high end luxury tracked platforms developed for the public and extreme off road recreation.'
Each one takes up to 6 months to fabricate and can cost over half a million dollars.
The newest incarnation, the EV3-F1, is 'the most extreme and most terrain dominant Ripsaw ever developed,' the firm says.
The new single seater version boasts a 'floating cabin' the keep the driver safe
The 'sports tank' is showing pulling a wheelie down a road and taking to the air with ease in the new video
'Designed with up to 1500hp and an astonishing .2 hp/lbs power to weight ratio, with over 112 inches of track on the ground, the Ripsaw EV3-F1 stands as one of the world's most exhilarating single seat off-road vehicles ever conceived.'
The original Ripsaw, which has a 650bhp engine , is a dual-tracked vehicle originally developed as an anti-IED platform for the military but is now mostly hired out for recreational purposes.
The ripsaw specs: The new version has dozens of upgrades from the 'classic' Ripsaw
Mike said: ‘We started developing the Ripsaw in the 1990s, as we had been developing off-road technology and wanted to take it to the next level.
‘We decided to build a high speed track vehicle, like a really fast track vehicle that's not slow like a regular tank - we knew that that had never been done before.’
The Ripsaw is shown racing a snowmobile in the stunning video
The brothers developed their innovations to help police and the armed forces.
One of their most successful creations is the Swat Bot, which doubles as a robotic shield and a battering ram.
Geoff said: ‘The Swat Bot developed out of our existing technology for the US military.
The 'basic' Ripsaw (shown) is capable of up to 95mph (153km/h) and is a dual-tracked vehicle originally developed as an anti-IED latform for the armed forces
‘In some of our military contracting we have been tasked with finding a robot, a walk behind IED defeat robot.
‘The original robot walks in front of the soldiers and digs the land up in front of them, ensuring the soldier doesn't get blown up.
The Swat Bot (pictured) serves as a ‘robotic ballistic shield, door breacher and debris remover when the environment is deemed unsafe’
When expanded, the shield (pictured during a training exercise) measures 8ft (2.5 metres) wide - large enough to offer ‘the operator and team adequate cover from gunfire and explosive scenarios’ explained the designers
‘Our police officers put their lives on the line everyday and we wanted to give them that protection, so instead of carrying a shield and being laden down with weight, the swat bot does all that - it's a fully operational shield as well as a door buster.’
According to their website, the Swat Bot serves as a ‘robotic ballistic shield, door breacher and vehicle and debris remover when the environment is deemed unsafe.’
When expanded, the shield stretches to 8ft (2.5 metres) wide, enough to offer ‘the operator and team adequate cover from gunfire and explosive scenarios.’
And the vehicle, which is collapsible for ease of transport and weighs 2,290lbs (1,040kg), can be started up in just five seconds.
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.
Incredible super tank turned sports car tears up terrain
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.
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
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