The Malloy Aeronautics Hoverbike is a Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) quadcopter flyer.
The Hoverbike has two forward and two aft vertical propellers. Each pair has partial overlap and when not in use they can be folded over each other to further reduce a small parking footprint. The offset rotors also allow the protective frames to be employed as a support mounting for the other. It maneuvers using only varying thrust. The bike is constructed of carbon sheet and aircraft-grade aluminum. It can be piloted with minimum training or fly autonomously and has a ‘Home’ button. It can carry a 130 kg payload at a speed of 96 km/h and has a ceiling of 3,044 meters.
In support of the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) Malloy Aeronautics has been working collaboratively with SURVICE Engineering Company. It has a contract with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and is one of the leading concepts for the Army’s Picatinny Pallet Sustainment Aerial Mobility Vehicle (SAMV).
- Hoverbike website
- Kickstarter page
- Article: A closer look at the Malloy Aeronautics Hoverbike, News Atlas, August 19, 2014
- Article: The US Army is getting hoverbikes, The Verge, June 22, 2015
- Article: Army Sees Lasers, Hoverbikes and Nano Drones in Future Force, Military.com, June 3, 2016
- Video, July 11, 2016