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How does this thing stabilize itself? Wouldn't it just roll over and then thrust you back down to the ground?
^^^^ Thats what I was thinking!, thats why they keep it tied to the ground? But you have to start somewhere.......
It does hover!!! Next thing is control
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It could twist the entire front and rear blade "cage" assemblies independently to control stability, if that makes any sense. Seems like it could possibly work with some better engineering behind it. No footage of it moving makes me believe this "revision" doesn't work well though, if at all. I mean, maybe it hovers, but I am pretty sure that even the most minor side movement would have you doing involuntary barrel rolls to your death.
     
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It's exactly as the title states and that's "HOVERbike", it just floats in one position above ground level and that is it.
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We will never get hover vehicles mainstream. Think about the terrorists attacks that could be instilled. We will never be able to walk into a store and buy one like a car or a bike.
And yet ultralights are easily obtainable.

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It's exactly as the title states and that's "HOVERbike", it just floats in one position above ground level and that is it.
If you look in the photos, it has vanes for directing the air fore and aft. So it has brakes and go, but I have no idea how you steer the thing, other than leaning the craft over, which I am pretty sure I would not want to do. Maybe you can vary the speed to the two propellers individually so that if the rear is the faster, you turn left, if the front is faster, you turn right. Maybe. Any physics gurus wanna correct me?
Edited by Mjolnir - 6/12/11 at 6:15pm
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Wow, why are people drawing comparisons between this and daily driver vehicles? I think you're looking at this wrong. This is not meant to repalce a minivan, it's meant to sit in your garage next to your dirtbikes and ATVs.
I think it would be a bad thing if you were supposed to get dirt and nicks on it from using it right...

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Stability should not be a problem for opposite blade rotation and a gyro. Looks believable from here. If you stay below 1000 feet you don't even have to contact air traffic control. That being said there are a lot of towers taller than 1000 feet.

A ballistic parachute and you should be good to go. Or maybe a parachute for the bike and a parachute on your back would be good also.
Did you look at the pictures though? The orientation of the blades is completely static with the current design.
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I don't care how fast it goes or what fuel economy it has. Tell me how it brakes! ¯\\_(ツ)_/¯
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To many variables to even try the phyisics of it...

However just leaning or thrust direction changes would only "strafe" you from left to right at best and at normal or worst would turn you upside down and propel you into the ground with all the thrust that was keeping you up.

I can't see how it could turn a corner without a tail fin or rotor of some kind. Unless they had invented a new revolutionary mechanism to turn an air vevhicle...and if that is true it would be horribly wasted on some crazy hover bike idea instead of adapting it to conventional aircraft.

Probably just got a single seat vehicle that can hover in one spot as along as it is tied down and are hoping to catch investors eyes to try and make it more or they are planing to grab the inventment money and run.
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 6/12/11 at 7:15pm
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Looking at that thing for ten seconds should guarantee how fos they are.
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I think it would be a bad thing if you were supposed to get dirt and nicks on it from using it right...



Did you look at the pictures though? The orientation of the blades is completely static with the current design.
Yea blades are static and it appears the case incorporating the blades is static also. Although this could move we don't know. That was my initial thought on directional flight. I studied the pictures more. It seem it has a directional thrust adjustment. Think about an aircraft rudder or how a hovercraft rudder works.



You can see in that picture better. Look under the bike. As far as stability when leaning, this could easily be monitored/fixed with a computer and gyro.

I don't a degree in aeronautical engineering but I do have a lot of experience with RC aircraft(making more than just airplanes and helicopters fly). And this seems possible to me. The overall physics don't seem that much different from a tandem rotor aircraft.

Although I could be wrong.

EDIT:

Looking at it even more. I'm thinking if the structure encasing the blades could move on it's x axis and it had a computer doing stability adjustments it would make it more plausible.

EDIT again:

The last problem I see is the stability of the aircraft with a person on it. It looks very plausible without a person, but adding that weight at that balance point seems off. If the blades we're a little higher up it wouldn't be the biggest concern. I don't think it's anything a fly by wire system couldn't fix.

This makes it even more plausible.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiller_VZ-1_Pawnee


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