Czech engineers have designed a bicycle that can take off from the ground and fly away. Czech engineers named it ‘Flying Bike’ or ‘FBike’. The engineers are planning to start making the the first prototype this week and to make a first flight test sometime in August.
The FBike project began in the autumn of 2011. Till now, FBike is in its early stages of development. The two-wheeler bicycle will have electrically driven propellers to a custom frame that will allow the rider to rise above the traffic for as long as the batteries hold out. According to the concept, FBike would operate exactly like a normal bicycle while on the ground, but would also be capable of vertical take-off, flying and landing. There will be four 10kW compact brushless electric motors for the 1300 mm (51-inch) diameter front and back twin propellers which will be surrounded by composite casing. There will be two 3.5kW stabilized motors also for the 650 mm (25.5-inch) blades at the side. These propellers and motors will help FBike for vertical lifting-off and flight. The bike needs about 1-watt power to lift a weight of 5-grams (0.17 ounces). FBike features a set of 50Ah Lithium-polymer batteries which are placed below the crossbar of the light alloy frame.