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Hoverbike could be a reality in three to five years, creators say

Hoverbike could be a reality in three to five years, creators say

Inside a lab in Belcamp, a small 3D printer bleeps, passing black plastic through a needle to slowly build the feet of a mannequin named Buster. Once assembled, Buster will ride a drone that's a one-third-scale model of a "Hoverbike" — essentially a variation on a quadcopter — being developed by engineers here and in the United Kingdom. In just a few years, they imagine, soldiers will fly Hoverbikes over treacherous terrain while consumers could glide around their backyards. The bike, reminiscent of the speeder bikes from the "Star Wars" film "Return of the Jedi," was first developed by Chris Malloy in his garage in Australia. Earlier this...

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