Speeder Bikes Are Now.
Ever since seeing them zooming through the Forest Moon of Endor in Return of the Jedi, I’ve wanted a Star Wars speeder bike of my own. Like my dream of flying cars, it seemed that riding a speeder bike would be something I’d have to let my children or grandchildren enjoy (sigh).
Russian startup Hoversurf has developed a working prototype for a “hoverbike” (I’m assuming Disney wouldn’t let them call it a speeder bike). They started out crowdfunding the project, and now that they are funded, they can get to work. The first prototype is in the air, and they call it “Scorpion 3.”
If you don’t believe me, just take a look for yourself:
It might be a while…
While this is indeed exciting news, the vehicle is still in the prototype phase, and I can see what is potentially a big problem.
The hoverbike is basically an open personal helicopter, using the same physics of helicopters in order to work. I doubt Hoversurf was the first group to think of this as a way of creating a means for personal flight, but perhaps they were the first to think it was a good idea to put four high-speed rotors at the level of your legs.
I’m not sure why, but I have visions of messy traumatic injuries should the Scorpion 3 make it to the free market.
Nevertheless, it’s quite exciting, and I’m not saying I wouldn’t ride one if given the chance. But I would certainly wear a helmet, unlike the second guy in the video.
The company is also working on other flying machines, including a drone-car, a drone-taxi, and a cargo drone, so there’s much to look forward to.
Until then, I guess I’ll just have to daydream as I fly around my toy remote control speeder bike, something you geeks can grab from Amazon here.