Moscow, Russia (and Burlingame, California, USA)
Scorpion is a single-seat, altitude limited quadcopter hoverbike which started as a “crowdfunding” project. While still in its early phases, the Scorpion platform is often seen as an extreme sports instrument, however with a focus on making it safe and easy to control, it potentially could be used as a form of transportation.
At the GITEX Technology Week in Dubai, the Dubai police force signed a memorandum of understanding to begin testing the Scorpion-3 eVTOL hoverbike. The company also “received an invitation to open mass production in the Dubai area.”
In a Facebook post by Hoversurf CEO Alexander Atamanov, a Scorpion 3 was flown to a height of 28.5 m (93.5 ft), which he called a “world record.” However, the Dubai Police have limited the altitude to 5 m (16 ft) for safety reasons.
At the Consumer Technology Associations CES 2019 show in Las Vegas an updated version was displayed. It had added two lateral fans (one forward, one aft) for a 3-front/3-back configuration and had included ducts or rotor guards.
The Scorpion platform features a safety system powered by state of the art flight controllers, special logical programing and passive elements, with computer aided speed and altitude limiting.
- Search eVTOL news posts
- HoverSurf Website
- eVTOL news: Dubai is Electric
- Article: Dubai Police Will Soon Be Buzzing Around on These Epic Hoverbikes, Science Alert, October 16, 2017
- Article: Hoversurf’s Scorpion 3 is the world’s first fully-manned hoverbike, designboom, February 20, 2017