June 10, 2011 at 10:33 AM ET
Australian Chris Malloy has made an actual hoverbike that he claims can achieve speeds of 173 mph and altitudes in excess of 10,000 feet. Sounds like every "Star Wars" fan’s dream right?
Unfortunately, don’t expect to be dodging trees while blazing through the forest anytime soon. Thus far, it has done little more than hover three feet while tethered to the ground.
However, if and when it ever does become a viable form of transportation, you won’t need a license to pilot it, since it would be classified as an ultralight. And the final product could be as affordable as some higher-end motorcycles.
Who knows, maybe you will be crashing into trees and exploding sometime in the near future after all.
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