Hoversuf, a Russian startup company, has just created what might possibly be the next big thing: hoverbikes. Combining the principles of a hovercraft and a motorbike, it looks and operates exactly like you’d imagine a hoverbike would.
The aim was to make flying as easy as riding a bike, and though it certainly doesn’t appear they were fully successful in that task, the Scorpion-3 is a step in the right direction. Essentially a quadcopter with a bike-shaped piece in the middle, the Scorpion is a testament to one company’s vision to make flying accessible to the masses.
On the outside, it looks like a great big drone. In essence, that’s what it actually is. Powered by four electric rotors, it uses a motorcycle seat to accommodate its rider and give him an experience unlike any other. Though Hoversuf claims the frame has been designed after a dirt bike, exhibiting compactness and practicality, we’ll happily disagree. It’s about as far removed from your everyday bike as a horse is, but the center piece does remind you of a motorcycle, so we’ll give them that.
Seeing it actually fly is nothing short of breath-taking however. It can reach heights of up to 3 meters, and has been built with software enabling both manual and automatic piloting. Equipped with safety systems, state-of-the-art controllers and computer-aided speed and altitude limiting, it gives you the confidence to operate it without the fear of making a mess of it.
The hoverbike can carry weights of up to 120 kilograms, reaching a maximum speed of 50 km/h. In an early-stage development prototype, that is frankly ridiculous. In the moment crafts like the Scorpion-3 are viewed as extreme sports vehicles, but the guys over at Hoversuf have no doubts that one day we will be seeing them everywhere.