Science fiction is sometimes the encouragement for scientists and engineers. The Aerofex Hover Vehicle is a perfect example, as it evokes the Star Wars hover bikes.
Or perhaps Flash Gordon’s flyer
Here’s the new Aerofex version in action.
The detail that makes this flier so unique is how Aerofex fixed the stability issue by
creating a mechanical system — controlled by two control bars at knee-level — that allows the vehicle to respond to a human pilot’s leaning movements and natural sense of balance.
“Think of it as lowering the threshold of flight, down to the domain of ATV’s (all-terrain vehicles),” said Mark De Roche, an aerospace engineer and founder of Aerofex.
Such intuitive controls could allow physicians to fly future versions of the vehicle to visit rural patients in places without roads, or enable border patrol officers to go about their duties without pilot training. All of it happens mechanically without the need for electronics, let alone complicated artificial intelligence or flight software.
“It essentially captures the translations between the two in three axis (pitch, roll and yaw), and activates the aerodynamic controls required to counter the movement — which lines the vehicle back up with the pilot,” De Roche told InnovationNewsDaily. “Since [the pilot's] balancing movements are instinctive and constant, it plays out quite effortlessly to him.”
Don’t expect to see these at a local dealership just yet. Aerofex is not planning on developing them for commercial use. At least not yet.
But soon, we will all be able to fly like Flash, the Saviour of the Universe