Czech engineers demonstrate flying bicycle

A childhood dream has come true for the designers of a bike that can fly.

The Czech designers began the project a year and a half ago and have now demonstrated the vehicle’s capabilities, as shown in this video.

Three companies – Technodat, Duratec and Evektor – set themselves the objective to design a practical product and then create its prototype with the assistance of Dassault Systèmes 3DExperience Platform.

The team, led by Technodat’s Ales Kobylik, eventually settled on the multicopter principle for flight, which is made possible by the thrust of six horizontal propellers.

Flying bike technical details:

Total output: 54kW

Drive: 4× main motors 10kW, placed in opposed pairs at the front and rear

2× stabilisation motors 7kW, placed on turnable consoles at the sides of the bike

Propellers: main propellers , diameter 1,200mm, maximum revs 2,200/min, stabilisation propellers, diameter 650mm, the propellers are surrounded by composite casings

Energy: set of Li-Pol accumulators with total capacity 50Ah

Bike frame: welded parts made of light alloy (duralumin)

Dimensions: approx. 3,800mm (length) × 2,500mm (width) × 1,200mm (height)

Weight: 95kg without a pilot

Maximum laden weight: 170kg

Flight time: 5 minutes

Maximum speed: 50km/hour