RUSSIA’S SCORPION-3 MIXES FOOD BLENDER WITH MOTORBIKE
THIS week’s most innovative use of the wheel goes to the Scorpion-3, by Russian company Hoversurf.
The company this month successfully demonstrated a prototype at a test facility in Moscow, with a rider steering the hovercraft between the low beams and pillars of an underground parking garage.
Hoversurf said in a statement the Scorpion can be controlled manually or autonomously like a drone, using software developed in-house. Hoversurf did not release any range or charge times for the electric-powered vehicle yet, but said it is investigating the potential of using a petrol engine to extend the range. Hoversurf said the Scorpion-3 will be aimed at adventure and extreme sports enthusiasts but added the real opportunity is the market for cargo carrying drones. The company already supplies commercial drones used for monitoring purposes and carrying cargo over rough terrain, such as for Arctic and terrain reconnaissance, geological exploration, delivery of equipment to remote or dangerous locations, and rescue and evacuation services. Some of its designs are capable of carrying as much as 2 494 kg.
Only in Russia — Hoversurf unleashed its Scorpion-3 hoverbike this week, which is a fearsome combination of food blender, drone and motorbike with a surprisingly stable flight.