Paris Air Show 2015: Hoverbike
Good news for MA Hoverbike at the Paris Airshow. Two companies announced they've joined the team. A U.S. and a U.K. firm want to help them develope Hoverbike technology for the U.S. Department of Defense. Recently MA Hoverbike began tuning the flight controller and running some tethered flight tests. (see photos below the video) They told supporters that they've been, "working very hard (12 hours day 6 days a week for some of us) it has been very hard devoting enough time to your drones to ensure you get them on time, and to find the spare time to work on the full scale – part of the reason you helped fund us in the first place. We hope we have struck the right balance. If we have not please let us know. Kind Regards, Chris, Grant, Will, Dom, Kasia and the rest of the extended Hoverbike Team."
LT. GOVERNOR RUTHERFORD ANNOUNCES MARYLAND, U.K. COMPANIES HAVE TEAMED UP ON NEW HOVERBIKE TECHNOLOGY
U.K.-based Malloy Aeronautics opens office in Maryland
ANNAPOLIS, MD (June 16, 2015) – At the Paris Air Show, Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford joined with SURVICE Engineering Co., a Belcamp, Md.-based defense firm, and U.K.-based Malloy Aeronautics, an aeronautical engineering firm, to announce that the two companies have teamed up on the development of Hoverbike technology for the U.S. Department of Defense. SURVICE and Malloy are working on the Hoverbike as part of an ongoing research and development contract with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. The Hoverbike is being developed to operate as a new class of Tactical Reconnaissance Vehicle (TRV).
As part of this strategic alliance, Malloy Aeronautics has also announced that they have established a U.S. office in Belcamp adjacent to Aberdeen Proving Ground to complete work on the Hoverbike. A model of the Hoverbike is on display at the Paris Air Show, which runs through June 21.
“I am pleased to join with SURVICE Engineering and Malloy Aeronautics to announce their partnership on the Hoverbike, which represents a new frontier in aviation,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “We are also very excited to welcome Malloy and look forward to working with them to grow their operations in Maryland.”
“Establishing an office in Maryland was a clear business decision,” said Chris Malloy, managing director of Malloy Aeronautics. “The proximity to the Army Research Laboratory and U.S. defense decision makers, access to the world-class facilities through the laboratory’s Open Campus initiative, and the co-location with our strategic business partner, SURVICE Engineering, were all factors in favor of Maryland as the best choice for Malloy Aeronautics.”
“Maryland companies do a tremendous amount of research and development (R&D) for the U.S. military,” said Jeff Foulk, SURVICE chief executive officer. “If there is a new military technology being developed, there’s a good chance that some aspect was designed, built or tested in Maryland.”