The Jetson Speeder is a one-man piloted electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) hoverbike that has carried out manned test flights, first in Tuscany, Italy, and then in Poznan, Poland. The company was founded in October 2017.
The Speeder is a proof of concept construct with an aluminum frame and eight 18 hp (13.4 kW) electric motors and propellers vertically stacked in pairs in an H configuration. The pilot sits in the open with a small twin joystick console. Each motor uses has a maximum thrust of 94 lb (42.7 Kg). Four batteries for a total of 32 and a total battery weight of 166 lb (75.7 Kg). The total system thrust is 662 lb (300 Kg) with a maximum speed of 62 mph (100 km/h). Flight time is about 20 minutes and the batteries can be swapped out.
Jetson is currently working on a carbon fiber monocoque (the chassis being integral with the body) pre-production prototype.
The first test flight (remote controlled) with 176 lb (80 kg) of ballast was Jan. 11, 2018. The first manned flight was Feb. 28, 2018. A second test manned flight included altitudes of 10-20 ft (3-6 m) and a course of several hundred yards/meters for two or three minutes. See video.
Proof of Concept Demonstrator (photos)
Operational Concept (graphics)