As investigation is been carried out on the “Wheeled Hoverboard” over potential risk of fire, a company based in Las Cruces, New Mexico, have developed a device that actually hovers. This new device, the ArcaBoard, is one that has lived up to the name a Hoverboard, The ArcaBoard is a machine lifted by 36 high power electric ducted fans, these fans generates a lot of downward thrust, a maximum thrust of 200 kgf (430 lbs), this gives a hover height of about 1 foot above ground and a hover speed of 12.5 miles per hour.
For the first time since the bicycle, automobile or airplane, the ArcaBoard is a revolutionary breakthrough for transportation. For the first time, every person will be able to fly anytime, anywhere. The world, your world, will change forever
Though the ArcaBoard has a short battery span, about 6 minutes, the extra battery dock (ArcaDock) however, will refill the ArcaBoard’s battery in the short span of just 35 minutes, unless you are prepared to wait for six hours per charge using the off the box charger. This sounds discouraging, for six hours of charging, i get to hover for six (6) minutes, h’m, lets hope future upgrades changes this.
According to the company, the ArcaBoard is stable in any condition and is a very safe platform to fly on. Also you will be able to utilize your smartphone to control and navigate the vehicle itself. But for the most intense experience with the stabilization system turned off, the ArcaBoard can be steered with your body.
The ArcaBoard goes for $19,900, while the its accessory the ArcaDock $4,500, though i advise before you order for one, ensure you meet up with the weight required to fly on it, The ArcaBoard comes in two varieties, an Enhanced Thrust model and a Long Endurance model, the Enhanced Thrust model supports a rider weighing up to 243 pounds for about three minutes, while the Long Endurance model support a rider that weighs up to 180 pounds for up to six minutes.
According to ARCA Space Corporation CEO Dumitru Popescu “To move forward, you simply have to lean forward. To slow down or back up, you can lean backward,” Popescu said. “The same goes for moving from side to side.” He also stated that; ” The onboard sensors account for the weight of the rider and, should the rider fall off, the motors shut down. “There are four sensors, one in each corner,” Popescu said. “If the board senses that there is suddenly no weight on it, it just drops, to prevent it from flying away.
ARCA Space Corporation is an aerospace company based in Las Cruces, New Mexico that builds space rockets and other manned and unmanned aircraft intended for space exploration. It was founded in 1999 as a non-governmental organization in Romania by Dumitru Popescu and other rocket and aeronautics enthusiasts. Since then ARCA launched two stratospheric rockets, four large scale stratospheric balloons including a cluster balloon and was awarded two governmental contracts with the Romanian Government and one contract with the European Space Agency. ARCA is currently developing a suborbital rocket plane, an orbital and suborbital rocket family and a stratospheric unmanned aerial vehicle.