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article imageWorld's first flying bike takes off in Prague, in air 5 minutes

By Marcus Hondro     Jun 16, 2013 in Technology
Three Czech companies debuted their work-in-progress Flying Bike, or 'F-Bike' last week. The bike can now only stay up in the air for a short period but it's designed to be both ridden and flown. The test flight was around a large warehouse in Prague.
The Duratec, Technodat and Evektor companies, who are getting support from France's Dassault Systemes, weren't ready to debut the bike with a human on the bicycle seat, which suggests some trepidation about it functioning fully.
But, with the media present, they had a dummy driver in the seat and controlled the 'F-Bike' by remote control. It rose up and rode about the warehouse, about 10 feet up in the air, for 5 minutes. It looked impressive, and fun.
It is powered by six horizontal rotors that draw 47 kilowatts of power from on-board batteries. The bike is 85kg. (187 lb.) and can only take another 85 kg. before it reaches its maximum take-off weight.
The companies say they are continuing research on the flying bike and next demonstration they hope to have a human at the wheel.
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