It may sound crazy for those who don’t know details, but¬†a bicycle just recently took to the air in a successful test flight.
Several Czech companies teamed up to develop a prototype which later made its first flight. The proof-of-concept bicycle looks a bit like a regular bike equipped with a giant RC quadcopter.
The unusual bike demonstrated its abilities during its flight that lasted only a few minutes, carrying a dummy onboard and was controlled from the ground.
The 220-pound vechicle got off the ground thanks to six battery-powered propellers. It looks like the dream comes true for those who are longing of peddling down the road and then suddenly taking off to fly over obstacles or impress strangers.
“Our main motivation in working on the project was neither profit nor commercial interest, but the fulfillment of our boyish dreams,” Ales Kobylik, a manager with design and engineering company Technodat,¬†told Ceske Noviny. Bicycle maker Duractec was involved in the project.
A flying bicycle still requires further development as it met plenty of obstacles on its way to becoming a practical mode of transportation.
“For starters, the whole contraption is quite large, which makes it challenging to pedal and too big to fit into the average bike lane. It was able to successfully lift a dummy rider, but it may need a lot more battery power to carry human riders for longer distances,” Cnet writes.
The developers believe a human-carrying version could be created by the end of the year. Let’s just hope they have the good sense to make it look like a “Star Wars” speeder bike as much as possible.
A man never gives up on possibility to fly. It seems like more and more people want to rocket to the sky. Thus,¬†a Swiss daredevil dubbed ‚ÄúJetman‚ÄĚ declared that he made a successful weekend flight over the Grand Canyon in a custom-made, winged jet pack.
‚ÄúMy first flight in the US is sure to be one of the most memorable experiences in my life, not only for the sheer beauty of the Grand Canyon, but the honour to fly in sacred Native American lands,‚ÄĚ Mr Rossy said in the statement. ‚ÄúThank you Mother Nature and the Hualapai Tribe for making my lifelong dreams come true.‚ÄĚ
The statement ‚Äď released three days later by sponsors from the Swiss watch manufacturer Breitling ‚Äď said Mr Rossy was ‚Äúlaunched‚ÄĚ from a helicopter at 8,000 feet, then streaked over the rim of the canyon at speeds of up to 190 miles per hour before deploying a parachute to land safely on the canyon floor eight minutes later.
The novel personal aircraft has no controls or instruments except a grip throttle and an audible altimeter: Rossy is the only man alive who can fly it, by shifting his head and body, and his past record indicates that even he has perhaps not yet achieved total mastery of his machine. He has to wear flameproof trousers in flight to avoid suffering burns from the jet exhaust.