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Revive all Return of the Jedi dreams – no, not that one – as US firm Aerofex is finally taking orders for its hoverbike.
The Aero-X prototype was first revealed back in 2012, looking then like two industrial fans with a seat in the middle, yet it had neither a price nor release date within sniffing distance.
But Aerofex is now accepting pre-orders for its new machine (right), with a US$5,000 deposit to be paid now and delivery expected in 2017.
It’s a long wait, but the bike is now capable of carrying two people at a cruising height of three metres off the ground, with controls functioning just like a motorcycle.
The “hover” is achieved by twin rotor blades creating enough downdraft to stay aloft and soar vertically without a lengthy runway.
Aero-X’s speed is limited to 68km/h, but if you’re more Stormtrooper than Skywalker, it’s fitted with airbags that inflate across the whole vehicle. US $85,000, aerofex.com, out 2017