The Russian Startup Hoversurf has built an impressive single-seat aircraft that not only has the capacity to lift you up in the sky, but also puts the control right into your own hands.
The fully-manned Scorpion-3 fundamentally combines the standard motorcycle design with futuristic quadcopter technology to offer the speed, agility and stability of flight to “the hands of amateur and professional navigators.”
While Hoversurf says its electric airborne vessel is currently mostly seen as an “extreme sports instrument,” the company hopes its invention will soon realize its full “transportation potential.”
Here’s a video of the Scorpion-3 in action:
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Inspired by other fully-manned aircraft prototypes like the E-volo, the Scorpion-3 relies on in-house software solutions to offer both automated as well as full-manual control over the vessel.
To ensure the safety of its pilot, Hoversurf has built-in a special system into the Scorpion-3 that automatically controls and limits the maximum speed and altitude of the aircraft in order to prevent accidents.
The Scorpion-3 isn’t the only quadcopter Hoversurf has built so far. Last year, the company showcased another aircraft prototype, which could be controlled both remotely from a controller and manually by a pilot.
Here is a description of the product from Hovershurf.com
“SCORPION platform is a single-seat aircraft that rediscovers the art of flying and hovering enabling a hi-tech quadcopter-based solution. It’s a unique electric-powered vessel combining a motorcycle seat with quadcopter drone technology bringing speed agility and stability of flight to the hands of amateur and professional navigators. For the moment, SCORPION platform is increasingly seen as an extreme sports instrument, yet the vessel’s transportation potential remains evident.”