U.S Military Takes Up Hoverbike Helicopter Technology
FREMONT, CA: The U.S. Military announces that it has teamed up with Malloy Aeronautics, an aeronautical engineering firm and SURVICE Engineering, a defense firm for the development of the Hoverbike technology for the U.S. Department of Defense as part of an ongoing research and development contract with the U.S Army Research Laboratory.
The Hoverbike Helicopter is being developed to operate as a new class of Tactical Reconnaissance Vehicle (TRV). It is remote-controlled and is based on the drone technology with four bladed fans. Showing similarities to a small helicopter, the design is said to cost lesser, and also provide durability and speed.
The developers claim that it’s not just a recreational form of personal transport. Its low cost and practical size lends itself to search and rescue, precision farming and cattle mustering, first-responder emergency services and cargo insertion of up to 120kg into confined spaces. They believe it would be ideal for ski and mountain rescue, airborne logistics and time-sensitive personnel insertion/extraction during major disasters. It can be folded and palletized to a third of its size, then quickly and easily transported by land, sea or air when required
In 2011 the initial version of the hoverbike was built using two fans by Chris Malloy and it was powered by a 1200cc BMW motorbike engine, report Peter Walker and Alex Hern for The Guardian.
“It can get into places that a regular helicopter wouldn’t, and costs a lot less to use. And it’s considerably safer, with these ducted fans. If you bump into something, it’s not going to cause an accident or cause any damage.” says Grant Stapleton, Co-director, Malloy