Hover Scorpion Air Taxi
Scorpion Air Taxi
Moscow, Central Federal District, Russia
Hover was founded in Moscow, Russia, in January 2014 by inventor, tech entrepreneur and businessman Alexander Atamanov. Atamanov holds bachelor’s degrees in engineering and law as well as a masters degree in the management of innovation processes. He has founded and sold several companies before founding Hover and holds numerous patents relating to the various products and services that he has successfully brought to the marketplace. Hoversurf was the company's original name.
It has been reported that some of the investors in the company include Qiwi, the Starta Ventures, Ismail Akhmetov, Nikolai Belykh, Evgeny Medvednikov, Maxim Korobov and possibly other Russian investors. In 2018, the company moved its Moscow headquarters to Burlingame, California but in 2019, Hover moved their headquarters back to Moscow.
The Scorpion Air Taxi electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) concept design aircraft is an autonomous one passenger aircraft made for Urban Air Mobility (UAM). While virtually no specifications are known, Hover has stated that every part of the Scorpion hoverbike is custom made, from its propellers, to electric motors, batteries, and the flight computer. The flight computer is a military grade flight computer.
The company's aircraft have all been designed to takeoff and land in a standard parking space. The company has called their Scorpion line of eVTOL aircraft, small helicopters. There are also multiple safety features on the Scorpion line of aircraft. If one propeller stops working, the other propellers will compensate for this and keep the aircraft in a horizontal position and the hoverbike will automatically land. If the batteries are getting close to loosing their charge, the hoverbike will automatically land. The company has not stated if the Scorpion Air Taxi will be put into production.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL air taxi
- Piloting: Autonomous
- Capacity: 1 passenger
- Cruise speed: Unknown
- Range: Unknown
- Propellers: 4 propellers
- Electric Motors: 4 electric motors
- Power source: Batteries
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
- Windows: Panoramic windows allowing forward, left, right and top visibility, for spectacular views with a solid roof above the passenger compartment
- Landing gear: Fixed skid type landing gear
- Safety features: If one propeller stops working, the other propellers will compensate for this and keep the aircraft in a horizontal position and the hoverbike will automatically land. If the batteries are about to loose their charge, the hoverbike will automatically land. For safety reasons, the hoverbike will only fly a maximum of 4.6 m (15 ft) for safety purposes. There is a speed limit on the hoverbike, it can't go too fast.
- Hover website
- Hover YouTube Channel
- Article: Safety last: Russian hoverbike is equally amazing and horrifying, New Atlas, Feb. 21, 2017
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