Flying bicycle takes to the air

Paul Boughton

Czech designers using Dassault Systèmes 3DExperience software have constructed a bike that can fly.

The journey from an idea to the take-off started a year-and-a-half ago. The driving force behind the project was not profit or commercial interest, but the fulfillment of a childhood dream.

The team of three partnering companies Technodat, Duratec and Evektor led by Ales Kobylik, of Technodat, set themselves the objective – to design an attractive and practical product and create its prototype with the assistance of Dassault Systèmes 3DExperience Platform.

Dassault Systèmes technology made it possible to design and manufacture the bike, and to test it and simulate its properties virtually.

All of the Flying Bike creators, regardless of their location and even though they were several hundred kilometers from each other, simultaneously worked on the same 3D data models.

After considering various alternatives, the designers chose the multicopter principle for flight. The Flying Bike becomes airborne powered 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: about 3,800mm (length) × 2,500mm (width) × 1,200mm (height)
* Weight: 95 kg without a pilot
* Maximum laden weight: 170 kg
* Flight time: 5 minutes

* Maximum speed: 50 km/hou

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