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I'm sorry, but the idea of a hoverbike is flawed considering having 2 fans on a single axis completely kills it.

Imagine shifting your weight to the left, simply to turn left, right? Simple enough... but the thing is if you do this in actuality on a machine like that, you are going to continue going left without any other fan/force to stop you from going that way. At this point, a simple movement of body weight to the right is not sufficient to stop the bike. You will go hurtling left/downward and crash/spin out of control.

Another thing... If that's a hoverbike, I suppose we could call helicopters "hovercars" considering they both use rotors to stay afloat?
Edited by Madman340 - 6/12/11 at 12:26am
post #52 of 120
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I have an open mind and the 1st thing that actually ran through my mind was an accident with a bird :O
same here lol


What stops it flying at 1000feet high?
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one step closer to a hover board!
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What stops it flying at 1000feet high?
10,000 feet...

Air density decreases with altitude, so it takes a higher volume of air flow to maintain the mass flow. At some point, in this case 10,000', the air density is so low that the fans can't shift a high enough volume of air to lift the thing any higher. The 10,000' is an approximate number, obviously a lot of things alter the vehicles maximum altitude.
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id hate top brake so hard i fall face first into the propellers despite the protective grills over it.

I'm sure you would have some sort of restraint or safety system.

But,what happens if the engine fails? Wouldn't you just fall? It has no wings so you can't glide safely back to the ground.
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We will never get them because of terrorists? Really?

I can come up with 5 better reasons why these will never become mainstream:

1. Peoples' ability - How many bad drivers are out there? Now imagine that in 3 dimensions at >170MPH and up to 10'000 feet up...

2. Litigation - Any idea how long it took to get the first cars on the road? And that was back in the day when politicians were capable of making decisions. Legalizing a flying vehicle for mainstream use is going to take some time.

3. Fuel economy - Like it or not, rolling friction from wheels is always going to be lower than the power needed to lift a vehicle into the air and keep it there. With energy getting more expensive, and I am not just talking about fossil fuels here, fuel efficiency is going to be a real concern in the near future.

4. Practicality - Where is the cargo space? Can you fly it in high winds? Or heavy rain? How much space do you need to take off and land safely? Can you strap your kids into the back seat, or take it to the shops?

5. Safety and public perception - The big one. People really don't like to take risks now. Look at most car ads, they almost always mention some safety rating or other. A lot of people think new things are unsafe, and like it or not it is the uninformed majority that make most of our collective decisions. Try selling a computer controlled car to a bunch of people at the mall, hell even try explaining overclocking or water cooling to them. I bet a lot of them say that it is very dangerous, bound to go wrong, or just can't see the point.

So no, this is not going to become mainstream any time soon terrorists or not. It will continue to be a hobby for eccentric rich people, or available to rent out from adventure agencies, for a long time to come.

Pity, I rather liked the idea.
Wow dude it was one idea. Get off your high horse
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More like a bird going in the blades D:
And I thought a bird hitting you in the face..
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I'm sure you would have some sort of restraint or safety system.

But,what happens if the engine fails? Wouldn't you just fall? It has no wings so you can't glide safely back to the ground.
I'd assume a mass-produced version would come with a double parachute system, one for the device and one for the particular driver. Couldn't have that device slamming into people down below. :O
    
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I would defiantly be wearing a parachute if i got one of thoses, screw being at 10,000 feet :S.

But seriously 40k AUD is alright! Just wait till they work out the fuel economy, and get a good stable gen made.
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Along with your Private pilots license how much would it really be.

If hovercraft were legal for road use you'd have to have a private pilots license too.
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