Last time we heard from Malloy Aeronautics, it was testing hoverbike technology with a robot-carrying drone. A few months later, it’s partnering with a Maryland-based defense company to develop a hoverbike for the US military. Working with Survice Engineering Co., the UK aeronautics company will set up shop in Maryland as part of “an ongoing research and development contract.
” The duo will also work with the US Army Research Laboratory on the project that aims to create “a new class of Tactical Reconnaissance Vehicle (TRV).”
The goal is to replace some of the work a helicopter does with the hoverbikes, a vehicle that provides increased safety and costs significantly less. Funds from a Kickstarter campaign for those compact UAVs was used to build scale models capable of carrying a human — one of which was on display at the Paris Air Show.
But the company will now work with the US to develop them for military use. Survice is a US engineering firm that focuses on research and development for military technologies and which will now work together with Malloy on the hoverbikes. entrepreneurial aerospace company that develops, markets, and sells drones and Hoverbike technology to commercial and military markets”.
The Hoverbike is the result of years worth of R&D. We combined the simplicity of a motorbike and the freedom of a helicopter to create the world’s first flying motorcycle.
The Hoverbike flies like a quadcopter, and can be flown unmanned or manned, while being a safe – low level aerial workhorse with low on-going maintenance. Our goal is to produce an extremely reliable helicopter, designed with rugged simplicity at its heart and true pilot safety built into the design and operation of the aircraft Our first Hoverbike prototype is a bi-copter.
The vehicle is controlled by deflecting thrust from its two propellers using control vanes – these are a bit like rudders or ailerons on a plane. After extensive testing involving the manned vehicle and scale models, we moved to a proven quadcopter design, because with current technology we could not design a bi-copter cheap enough for safe and competitive sales.
The Aero-X hoverbike is a flight craft created by Aerofex, an aerospace engineering corporation based in Los Angeles, designed to carry up to two people. The vehicle is set for release in 2017. The Aero-X does not fly with the same energy efficiency as a helicopter, due to its rotor blades being shorter, but it is much smaller in size and safer near humans.
This craft does not produce the brownout of helicopters, as it is designed to be able to operate near people without blowing any significant amount of dust.
Some detailed features required hand shaping as opposed to CAD modelling and CNC additive and subtractive manufacturing. Given the fact that the reading of the pledge was interspersed with images of US troops in a brazen attempt to link patriotism with the kind of hegemonic conquests in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya that have bankrupted America, killed thousands of troops and disgraced the United States’ reputation globally, it’s made pretty clear in the clip that “God” has nothing to do with this brand of so-called patriotism.
Eisenhower warned that the influence of the military-industrial complex was “economic, political, even spiritual” and that it was “felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government.” He exhorted Americans to break away from our reliance on military might as a guarantor of liberty and “use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment.”
Historians may well look back on this period, say, from 1960 on, as the “Selﬁsh Era” – a time when individualism and materialism steadily took precedence over social responsibility.
Personal debt grew slowly at ﬁrst but steadily accelerated, even though it can be easily demonstrated that consumers collectively are better off saving to buy and that the only beneﬁciary of a heavy debt society is the ﬁnancial industry.