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.
Scorpion is a single-passenger, altitude limited quadcopter hoverbike which started as a "crowdfunding" project. The Scorpion has a maximum speed of 69 km/h (43 mph), a maximum altitude of 4.6 m (15 ft) and has a range of 21 km (13 miles). The flight time between 15-40 minutes depending upon the payload. If you have a very heavy passenger, the flight time could be a maximum of 15 minutes and if you only had a light weight camera system on the hoverbike, the flight time could 40 minutes. The hoverbike uses Lidar and the pilot can set any altitude they want and the hoverbike will hold at that altitude.
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 front and rear propellers overlap each other because the aircraft has been designed to takeoff and land in a standard parking space. The company has called the Scorpion a small helicopter.
There are multiple safety features on the hoverbike. 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 hoverbike will only fly at a maximum altitude of 4.6 m (15 ft) for safety purposes, even though without altitude restricting software, it could fly to 305 m (1,000 ft). The hoverbike also a speed limit in its software, so the aircraft can't go too fast.
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. The company made multiple versions such as a Scorpion 1, Scorpion 2 and Scorpion 3. There were most likely multiple versions of each model such as Scorpion 3.1, Scorpion 3.2, Scorpion 3.3 and etc.
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 Hover 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.
In 2017 and 2018, it was reported the company is accepting pre-orders for its futuristic vehicles, expected to be available in just two to six months. The Hover S3 limited edition was priced at $150,000.00 USD, plus a compulsory $10,000.00 USD flight training package in California (USA) that included three days of training with a professional hoverbike pilot and a protective Hover flight suit. As of 2021, their website has no information if the Scorpion 3 is still for sale.
As of January 2019, the company is only selling the hoverbikes to organizations which perform search and rescue and medical aid. Hover is also developing the Formula, and updated, wingless version of the prior Formula model. The Drone Taxi R-1 which is also in development seems to be an altered Scorpion model.
- Aircraft type: eVTOL hoverbike ultra-light
- Piloting & Capacity: 1 pilot
- Maximum speed: 69 km/h (43 mph)
- Maximum altitude: 4.6 m (15 ft)
- Range: 21 km (13 miles)
- Flying time: 15-40 minutes
- Propellers: 4 propellers
- Electric Motors: 4 electric motors
- Power source: Batteries
- Empty weight: 114 kg (251 lb) - Scorpion 3
- Maximum payload: 104 kg (229 lb)
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
- Cockpit: Open cockpit. Aircraft has motorcycle style seating.
- Landing gear: 4 fixed landing struts
- 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, even though without restrictive software, it could fly to 305 m (1,000 ft). There is a speed limit on the hoverbike, can't go too fast. All hoverbikes have propeller guards but Hoversurf doesn't bring the propeller guards to trade shows or when their pilots are performing flying demonstrations.
- Hover website
- Hover YouTube Channel
- Video: Scorpion 1, Hover Official, June 5, 2016
- Article: Hoversurf's Scorpion 3 is the world's first fully-manned hoverbike, Designboom, Feb. 20, 2017
- Article: Safety last: Russian hoverbike is equally amazing and horrifying, New Atlas, Feb. 21, 2017
- Video: World’s First Rideable Hoverbike in Flight / Hoversurf Scorpion 3, DanDanTheFireman, Feb. 27, 2017
- Article: Hoversurf: The World’s First Rideable ‘Hoverbike’?, Bikes Republic, Mar. 1, 2017
- Article: The world’s first Hoverbike: Q&A with Hoversurf’s Joseph Segura-Conn, Helicopter Investor, Date Unknown
- Article: Hoversurf – The Russians are coming with Flying Bikes, Sustainable Skies, Mar. 6, 2017
- Article: Dubai Police Will Soon Be Buzzing Around on These Epic Hoverbikes, Science Alert, Oct. 16, 2017
- Article: Dubai is Electric, Electric VTOL News, Oct. 25, 2017
- Video: Scorpion 3 - World's First Hoverbike, Wonder World, Feb 3, 2018
- Article: GoFly Enters Phase II, Vertiflite, July/August 2018
- Article: HOVERSURF has met FAA part 103 guidelines for a personal Vertical Take-Off and Landing aircraft., Hoversurf, Sept. 27, 2018
- Article: FAA Confirms Hoversurf S3 is Ultralight, Electric VTOL News, Oct. 15, 2018
- Article: Hoverbikes are finally here, but don't expect to fly cheap, NBC News, Nov. 13, 2018
- Article: Want a flying motorbike? Order one from Hoversurf now, Sk, Dec. 7, 2018
- Video: Hoversurf at CES 2019, Bionic Buzz, Jan. 9, 2019
- Video: CES 2019 - HoverSurf Hover Bike for EMS Services, Wai Lam, Jan. 14, 2019
- Video: What's inside COOL TECH of CES 2019?, What's Inside?, Jan. 18, 2019
- Article: GoFly Hits 40, Electric VTOL News, Feb. 6, 2019
- Video: UAM VLOG by Alex Atamanov - EPISODE 1, Hoversurf, Feb. 12, 2019
- video: UAM VLOG by Alex Atamanov - EPISODE 2, Hoversurf, Feb. 17, 2019
- Video: UAM VLOG by Alex Atamanov - EPISODE 3, Hoversurf, Feb. 24, 2019
- Video: UAM VLOG by Alex Atamanov - EPISODE 4, Hoversurf, Mar. 4, 2019
- Article: eVTOL Captures the Attention of CES Vertiflite, March/April 2019
- Article: After The Hoversurf Bike Comes The EVTOL Hoversurf Formula, New Atlas, Aug. 18, 2019
- Article: Hoversurf at Dubai Airshow 2019, Electric VTOL News, Nov. 24, 2019