It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no…it’s Malloy Aeronautics’ quad-rotor Hoverbike prototype with Cyborg Buster manning the controls!
The creators of this vehicle have grander intentions other than releasing yet another dressed-up toy drone meant to entice RC enthusiasts to fork out another thousand bucks for a basic prototype to impress their bucket hat wearing pals on the bluff. Well, okay, perhaps we can assume just a little.
This is in fact a serious endeavor that engineer Chris Malloy hopes will lead to a full-sized version meant for recreational use, search and rescue operations, cattle herding, and package delivery not unlike Amazon Prime Air. Currently, his company has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds needed to begin development of a larger, head-chopping version soon. Yikes! Although I would be remiss not to mention the ducting around the fans designed for maximum safety.
Malloy’s miniaturized quad-rotor Hoverbike also features some impressive specs. It comes with a 3DR Pixhawk flight controller, can take-off, land and maneuver on its own, and can follow a pre-determined flight path. The vehicle’s carbon composite, polyurethane, and aluminum frame also makes it very light, fast and portable, weighing 2.2 kg (4.85 lbs) and reaching speeds of up to 45 mph (72 km/h). Oh, and did I mention Cyborg Buster, the humanoid mock-up whose head can be fitted with a GoPro camera? Awesome.
The real story here is that this truly is a prototype for a much larger version. Patience young padawan, patience!
Information and images sourced from MA Hoverbikes