The hovercraft has been a science fiction dream for decades, but one company is about to make it a reality. Aerofex just announced plans to produce its Aero-X hoverbike, which looks like a Star Wars speeder bike – and it will be available by 2017 for a mere $85,000.
The original hoverbike concept dates back to the 1960s, but because of stability issues, it has never become a reality. Aerofex fixed the stability issues with a mechanical system that allows the vehicle to respond to the pilot’s leaning movements and natural balance. The Aero-X rides like a motorcycle with room for up to two passengers.
Unlike the Malloy Hoverbike, which is capable of flying as high as 10,000 feet, the Aero-X’s top altitude is much lower at only 12 feet above the ground. It also only has a top speed of 45 mph, which is obviously much slower than an actual motorcycle, but Aerofex also wanted to keep the Aero-X safe. Also, since the Aero-X does ride so low, it does not require a pilot’s license.
At a fraction of the cost of a small airplane or helicopter, the Aero-X can serve many outdoor uses like surveying, search and rescue, border patrol, disaster relief, and agriculture and ranching. The Aero-X won’t be available until 2017, but you can reserve one now for $5,000.