Aeroflex builds hover vehicle like Star Wars bike

-August 24, 2012

You may not be able to zip through a forest as was done in Return of the Jedi, but the impressively intuitive controls demonstrated by Aeroflex’s hover vehicle could one day let anyone without pilot training fly.

Instead of wheels, the hover vehicle employs a pair of ducted rotors. Two controls bars at the driver’s knee level allow the vehicle to respond to leaning movements and the driver’s natural balance (sort of similar to a Segway’s balancing and stability strategy).

You can see just how well the vehicle handles in the below video.

But bad news for all the neighborhood Star Wars wannabes out there: Reports state that Aerofex sees the vehicle as a test platform for new unmanned drones, not immediately for consumer use.


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