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New Hover Vehicle Recalls 'Star Wars' Bike

LIve Science -- -- A resurrected hover vehicle won't fly through dense forests as effortlessly as the "Star Wars" speeder bikes from "Return of the Jedi," but its intuitive controls could someday allow anyone to fly it without pilot training.

The aerial vehicle resembles a science fiction flying bike with two ducted rotors instead of wheels, but originates from a design abandoned in the 1960s because of stability and rollover problems. Aerofex, a California-based firm, 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 aerospa


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Submitted Aug 21, 2012 By: fracknsave
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DanMtz
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 7:00:21 PM

Cool, that would be a great way to go hiking.
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 6:05:12 PM

Way cool. I can just see a salesman of the future dressed in a Wookie costume. Fun!
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 3:36:49 PM

Cool...May the force be with you.
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 3:29:10 PM

What happens when one ducted rotor quits?
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 1:40:47 PM

They're not the only ones with a hoverbike nearing production. It'll be sweet.
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 9:57:46 AM

neat. amazing what people can do.
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 9:04:14 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 8:14:09 AM

Neat! Where do I get one? ;-)

fracknsave, Thanks for posting this.
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 7:50:46 AM

Who is likely to buy them?
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 7:46:05 AM

Will they blow-up when they hit a tree, like the ones in 'Star Wars'
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 6:16:15 AM

Cool!
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I'll take one.
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Interesting
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You might know that the censors would let us reply to drivel like this and not some of the articles that matter.
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 3:37:03 AM

And the practical bebefit is.??????
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 3:20:12 AM

Cool...

Maybe 007 will use one in the next Bond movie.
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On my Christmas list!
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Love those new ventures!!
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Does the princess come with them?
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I want one yesterday
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ok
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Starbuck & Apollo aproved?
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 2:51:15 AM

i want two of em....
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 2:47:52 AM

Cool!!!
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I want one.
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why not a warp drive?
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Use Segway gyros but with a better power source.
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Ok
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Sad.
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Sounds like the future is finally starting to arrive...
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Totally cosmic.
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cool
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I want one.
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No more hype and chains!
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ok
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Ok
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Excellent
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 2:14:17 AM


Can I run over Ewoks with it? :P
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 2:13:20 AM

roller skates is next
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not energy efficient
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What next.
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ok
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too cool
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Coooool, but most likely I'll be dead by then!
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Cool
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It's interesting, but not quite there yet.
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. How to get high and still pass a drug test
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 1:55:03 AM

Gas mileage?

Can I use the carpool lane as a "motorcycle"?
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 1:52:27 AM

Sounds interesting. Another toy for the man who has everything.
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Waist
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