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Flying 'Helicopter' Bike Unveiled in Prague
UPI ^ | June 13, 2013

Posted on 06/16/2013 5:23:58 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Three Czech companies have teamed up to make a prototype of a flying electric bicycle that successfully took a test flight Wednesday inside an exhibition hall in Prague.

It looks like a mountain bike with attached industrial fans -- a bit like a helicopter. It weighs just over 200 pounds and has two battery-powered propellers in the front, two in the back and one each on the side to provide lift and balance.

Czech Republic companies Duratec Bicycles, Technodat and Evektor developed the flying bike with support from French company Dassault Systèmes.

A lightweight dummy rode in the saddle for the remote-controlled test flight in front of press. Milan Duchek, technical director of Duratec, says more powerful batteries will be needed before the machine can carry a human.

But as battery power and capacity improves, city cyclists could find themselves flying high above traffic. Engineers hope their invention will be used not just for commuting, but for sport, tourism and recreation.


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1 posted on 06/16/2013 5:23:58 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Such a clever idea. : )


2 posted on 06/16/2013 5:26:35 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: nickcarraway

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqafUPm2N-k


3 posted on 06/16/2013 5:26:52 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: nickcarraway

A Bicycle built for flew


4 posted on 06/16/2013 5:29:15 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 (("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.))
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To: nickcarraway

They should just call it the Plummet-cycle.


5 posted on 06/16/2013 5:29:24 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: UCANSEE2

He should have known not to tempt Lord Humongous Ruler of the Wasteland.


6 posted on 06/16/2013 5:30:14 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: nickcarraway

Interesting concept, it reminds me of a Quadrotor in many ways. Of course once OSHA and the NTSA get into the act it won’t ever be practical.


7 posted on 06/16/2013 5:30:46 PM PDT by The Working Man
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To: nickcarraway
200 lbs. seems like a lot of weight. Perhaps they should use an aluminum bike and propellers and ditch the heavy blade guards.
8 posted on 06/16/2013 5:30:49 PM PDT by Average Al ( Our founder fathers never knew we could fail due to a Techtatorship.)
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To: nickcarraway

Pretty impressive flight on a BATTERY!


9 posted on 06/16/2013 5:33:16 PM PDT by Ken522
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To: nickcarraway

Cool !


10 posted on 06/16/2013 5:34:43 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: nickcarraway

11 posted on 06/16/2013 5:35:18 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: nickcarraway

You couldn’t use it in cities like Chicago or Oakland. You’d be shot out of the sky.


12 posted on 06/16/2013 5:37:42 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Lancey Howard

What could go wrong? (wink, wink)


13 posted on 06/16/2013 5:41:33 PM PDT by DJlaysitup
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To: nickcarraway; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

Jeez, you asked for a flying car, they give you a flying bicycle!


14 posted on 06/16/2013 5:43:19 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: nickcarraway

What could possibly go wrong?


15 posted on 06/16/2013 5:45:53 PM PDT by caddie
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To: Average Al
Turthfully, the whole 200 pound thing is pretty much a non-issue, since to lift the average 190 pound person, you'd have to get all the batteries, battery packs, fans, etc to weigh a grand total of ten pounds.

Right now it's just a very very fancy remote controlled helicopter which is utterly unable to lift any load at all. The claim is that since battery capacity doubles every ten years (you heard it here first, we can expect 4800 mah AA rechargeable batteries any moment now) that within ten years, someone will develop batteries that can be used with this system to lift a person.

Classic vaporware demonstration; take near off the shelf components, slap them together, call it something brand new, and then say you're just waiting for some non-existent technology to come along so you can launch into action. Investors have a nifty demonstration, more investors want to jump in, and not a single person bothers to ask the most obvious question: Could this system fly if you substituted in a gasoline engine instead?

If the answer to that question is no, then it probably won't matter what future technology might or might not come along, as it probably will never work.

16 posted on 06/16/2013 5:54:02 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: nickcarraway

What are you going to do with a bike/helicopter? Fly over traffic? I don’t see the application for urban areas, at least.

It would be great in third world countries, where you could fly over poor sections of road or streams.

It would make sense if the fans were low to the ground, so the craft would function like a hovercraft. It would save on fuel, provide a smooth ride, and make the transition from hovercraft to bike smoother.


17 posted on 06/16/2013 5:55:12 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Some redneck (maybe me :^)) will attach a rocket.


18 posted on 06/16/2013 6:00:55 PM PDT by DJlaysitup
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To: nickcarraway

That will certainly help the muslims with what they love best.


19 posted on 06/16/2013 6:04:27 PM PDT by deadrock
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To: nickcarraway

What? Bigger batteries are needed? Hhrrmmphhh.

STrap some solar panels on or sumthin’, booster rockets, mini sails


20 posted on 06/16/2013 6:09:40 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --)
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To: nickcarraway

“A lightweight dummy rode in the saddle for the remote-controlled test flight in front of press.”

President Obama saves the day again!


21 posted on 06/16/2013 6:10:09 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn...)
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To: nickcarraway
Seven years ago, I watched some guys in these fly over. You can fly for at least an hour.


22 posted on 06/16/2013 6:11:20 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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23 posted on 06/16/2013 6:38:04 PM PDT by schm0e ("we are in the midst of a coup.")
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To: kingu

All true. Those blade safety guards look like a hat tip to the EPA.


24 posted on 06/16/2013 6:39:08 PM PDT by Average Al ( Our founder fathers never knew we could fail due to a Techtatorship.)
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To: nickcarraway
Even though this doesn't fly, or even really make sense, it looks sleek.


25 posted on 06/16/2013 6:45:05 PM PDT by schm0e ("we are in the midst of a coup.")
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To: UCANSEE2

I wonder where Solandra went


26 posted on 06/16/2013 6:47:36 PM PDT by keving (We get the government we vote for)
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To: DJlaysitup

muslims will eventually fly one into a local Stuckeys and burn it to the ground.


27 posted on 06/16/2013 6:56:19 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: caddie

Ask Auntie Em..........


28 posted on 06/16/2013 7:08:05 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: nickcarraway
Skip the rotating fans and go straight to JET POWER and wings...


29 posted on 06/16/2013 7:39:04 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: UCANSEE2

Your pix is a gyro-copter the pusher prop propels forward as the speed increases the rotary wing (blades) provide the lift. Earlier models has the engine in the front. These are available in kit form.


30 posted on 06/16/2013 7:39:49 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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31 posted on 06/16/2013 7:46:56 PM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: nickcarraway
I'm looking forward to Critical Mass in the Sky!

Imagine hundreds of bikers hovering over the roads on the last Friday of every month.

Add the late afternoon jet stream breeze in the San Francisco Bay Area, and what's not to like?

-PJ

32 posted on 06/16/2013 7:55:00 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: caddie

I was always fascinated with Postman Donald Duck and his singleseater.

But hangin in the air only powered by Li-iOn’s seems terribly risky.


33 posted on 06/16/2013 8:02:09 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama equals Osama))
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To: nickcarraway

Looks like something the professor on Gilligan’s Island made.


34 posted on 06/16/2013 8:26:26 PM PDT by boycott (CAL)
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To: nickcarraway

Just think if a fan blade gets detached. It would slice right through you.


35 posted on 06/16/2013 8:29:31 PM PDT by Cold Case Posse Supporter
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
Skip the rotating fans and go straight to JET POWER and wings...

I had to work with a smaller budget.


36 posted on 06/16/2013 8:48:16 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: UCANSEE2

Obama sign on the wing in exchange for accepting gummint funding?


37 posted on 06/16/2013 8:50:01 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: keving

Their execs are probably all on a Cruise Ship partying hardy.


38 posted on 06/16/2013 8:53:30 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: NormsRevenge
STrap some solar panels on or sumthin’, booster rockets, mini sails

They could always hang a wind turbine below the bike and charge the batteries with it.

39 posted on 06/16/2013 8:55:30 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: Revolting cat!
Obama sign on the wing in exchange for accepting gummint funding?

No. That's one of those all seeing eye cameras and I sell the photos to the government.

40 posted on 06/16/2013 8:57:41 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: Enterprise

fly by shootings.


41 posted on 06/16/2013 9:03:01 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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