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Military Building Hoverbikes With Aid of UK Firm

By    |   Tuesday, 23 June 2015 12:16 PM

The U.S. military is enlisting a British company to help it develop hoverbikes.

The U.K.-based firm, Malloy Aeronautics, has developed a remote control hoverbike, which is largely based on drone technology, using four bladed fans that are encased in a protective frame, The Guardian is reporting.

The purpose of the design is to improve stability and speed while being able to cover the same range as a small helicopter.

The first version was created by Chris Malloy in 2011, using a 1200cc BMW motorbike engine, and it was flown with motorbike-style controls. Malloy is from New Zealand but set up his company in Australia at the time.

After receiving funding through Kickstarter, a website where individuals or groups can garner seed money for various projects, Malloy developed a drone using the four-fan design, which can now be purchased for about 595 British pounds, which is equivalent to about $1,000.

And now, from funding Malloy Aeronautics received from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, the company is building a four-fan hoverbike.

"At the moment, it’s radio controlled, it’s flown as an unmanned vehicle. We haven’t put someone on it yet and won’t do for a little bit, while we’re working on its flight performance, things like that," Grant Stapleton, co-director of Malloy Aeronautics, told The Guardian.

The company is planning to open up an office in Maryland, where is can work more closely with the U.S. military to develop the hoverbike. Maryland is also where Survice Engineering Company is located, which is working with Malloy on the hoverbike design.

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The U.S. military is enlisting a British company to help it develop hoverbikes.
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Tuesday, 23 June 2015 12:16 PM
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