Flying cars are an idea that has been under work for years now. But, it looks like a certain company in California is about to release the first-ever flying motorcycle in no distant time!
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The company is no other than JetPack Aviation. They are building an actual flying motorcycle called the “Speeder,” and has announced that it will be made available to the general public in 2023.
The interesting thing is that this Speeder is unlike the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) machines concepts we keep seeing. This one is non-electric, meaning its operation will rely on gas/diesel or perhaps solar energy.
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According to JetPack Aviation’s director of training and entertainment, Sean Ray, he noted that the final product isn’t far away from hitting the streets (the skies, rather).
Ray says, “The testing is going amazing.
“We are blown away with its progression in so [few] test flights.
“We are on the stabilization and hover control testing phase—we are still on safety tethers, but are getting phenomenal results.”
The company is backing their hopes that the Speeder will be commercially available as early as next year, 2023.
What Is The Speeder Powered By?
The Speeder is powered by a number od small jet engines.
The idea came from the military, emeergency services, and offshore eneergy industries.
All of them have a need for a fast and compact aircraft that can carry a heavy payload.
That’s why jet propulsion is the only option for the flying motorcycle as batteries are too heavy .
Plus, the company clearly knows a thing or two about building a working jet-powered VTOL aircraft.
It will only need an area about the size of a car to take off into the air.
JetPack Aviation’s Preparation For The Speeder
JetPack Aviation has been able to write its own flight-control software for it as well.
That will make operation intituitive and like that of a normal motorcycle.
It will also boast the ability to fly itself autonomously to carry small but heavy items itself.
Early experimental versions of the flying motorcycle will require a pilot’s license to fly.
Potentially, they’ll be able to travel at an insane 402km/h (250mph).
However, ‘ultralight’ civilian versions will be limited to 97km/h (60mph) under FAA rules and won;t require a pilot’s license to operate.
Flight time will also differ between 35 minutes for the full-fat military version, down to 15 minutes for civilian Speeders.
Four turbines were specified on the original concept but the final product will have eight.