A step closer to reality for a truly functional hoverbike, after the decision of the US Army to develop and build the manned quadcopter.

Images credit Malloy Aeronautics

The hoverbike that flies like a quadcopter, by Malloy Aeronautics, is the result of years worth of R&D. The company will collaborate with the US Army for its development:

“We combined the simplicity of a motorbike and the freedom of a helicopter to create the world’s first flying motorcycle. When compared with a helicopter, the Hoverbike is cheaper, more rugged and easier to use – and represents a whole new way to fly.”

“Our goal is to produce an extremely reliable helicopter, designed with rugged simplicity at its heart and true pilot safety built into the design and operation of the aircraft.

Hoverbike by Malloy Aeronautics

Nothing we are doing is new. We are not developing any component or system that has not been designed and thoroughly tested before. If we are doing anything new it is the combination of existing systems. We believe that the best step forward is just that – a single step forward. Nature and commercial history tells us this best.”

via Reuters

source Malloy Aeronautics