The first public testing of a hoverbike Scorpion 1 (bike and quadcopter hybrid) was held in a Russian town of Sokolovo. It is a project of an engineer and businessman Alexander Atamanov.

The current battery life allows 15 minutes of flying at the speed of 60 km/h. If the speed was higher, the pilot could fall off because of the wind pressure, Atamanov explains. The gasoline or diesel powered hoverbikes are also going to be offered and in this case, the hoverbike should be able to fly for about an hour at a single tank refill. The maximum load of this machine is 100 kg, but upgraded models that can load up more than 300 kg are planned too. For safety reasons the hoverbike can’t fly higher than 2 meters above the ground, which is a maximum to secure a safe fall off the bike. One of the next Atamanov’s projects deals with safety of hoverbike pilots.

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Even though there’s still a lot of work to do on Scorpion 1, it’s available on preorder on the manufacturer’s website for the price of $34.000. The company even has its first costumers, Alexander Atamanov added.

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