The abilities granted from hover flight allow for the creation of the wildest, fastest, and most technologically spectacular vehicle the world has ever seen. With the capability to outrace any superbike, let alone supercar on the planet, Helios will be in a field of its own.
TECHNOLOGY BEHIND HELIOS
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Project Helios seeks to create the first practical Hoverbike.
A vehicle that does not contact the ground will both streamline transportation and offer unmatched performance.
Since its only limiting factor is air resistance, the Hoverbike would be capable under certain conditions of reaching incredibly fast speeds, surpassing all other forms of land transportation.
On a practical front, the advantages are enormous. When in hover, it does not have to counter road friction. This benefit alone is the strongest driving force and motivation for scientists – who want to achieve previously unseen levels of performance. In addition, the ground drivetrain of Helios is fueled only by electricity and its flight engines are being designed to operate using biofuel. This fact therefore eliminates the need for fossil fuels and can support a sustainable future.
'Hoverbikes' have been developed elsewhere, but they either involve water propulsion or large wind propellers. Each of these options are very large and dangerous. The answer to the engineering question of the practical Hoverbike lies with our flight technology - using options that are much more power-compact, less dangerous, and more applicable. The addition of a retractable electric drivetrain also helps ease the transition into hover and increase practicality for such a breakthrough technology.
Hover vehicles could solve traffic congestion, among other issues. Theoretically, road networks could cross anywhere - urban areas, large unpaved fields, over water, even through the air. They would allow high-speed transportation which would alleviate traffic among other benefits. Many of the ailments of modern road systems that lead to accidents and fatalities could be eliminated. Water could no longer hydroplane or skid a vehicle, ‘bumpy’ or poorly paved roads would no longer cause problems, flat tires would be impossible. Helios would power a safer, more sustainable, and faster future. It would allow for very lucrative problem-solving in areas such as EMS or Military transport as described elsewhere on this website.
In Greek mythology, Helios (Sol) is the personification of the Sun. He is the son of the Titan Hyperion, and is described as a handsome Titan crowned with the shining aureole of the Sun, who drove the chariot of the sun across the sky each day. His golden chariot is drawn by "fire-darting steeds", moving faster across the sky than even shooting stars.
HOW IT WORKS
Imagine riding in a flying car, hovering above the ground and traveling at several hundred miles per hour. Imagine trains, motorcycles, and cars traveling in the air, above seemingly nothing and using no fossil fuels.
Our vehicles are designed as practical vehicles first, as in applicable at the highest degree. To the naked eye, they appear as just that - traditional automobiles. They have wheels and electric drivetrains. However, these drivetrains in fact retract into the structure of the vehicle, where separate engines propel the vehicle for flight.
This is not a quadcopter, and there are no large propellors that could cause you bodily harm.
We are producing the world's first production motorcycle that can fly.
We are producing the world's first production motorcycle that can reach 300+ mph.
We are producing the world's first production motorcycle that has two separate drivetrains.
It has become so innovative an invention, we are reinventing the motorcycle from the ground up.
Firstly, we set out to build it with a sustainable ground drivetrain - which would be used for much driving. Figuring out an electric drivetrain with a mix of power, lightweight parts, and efficiency was a challenge only met by an electric motor. Using this, we can deliver more torque and off-the-line acceleration than the most powerful 1000cc sport bikes in production. Next, we had to design a suspension that could be retracted up off the ground on demand, involving separation of the steering column and other subsystems. So, we paired ultra-lightweight magnesium wheels with a hydraulic suspension, Brembo brakes, and set out to purpose-build an independent steering column.
From here, we designed our flight engines, which breathe air into a vehicle and expel it out as thrust. The Rosa R1 and R2, the smallest turbofan engines in the world, are a giant leap in personal propulsion. These engines produce generous amounts of power, enough to propel the vehicle at blisteringly fast speeds as well as support it in VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing). The beauty of using microjet engines is that they provide the highest power-weight ratio of other power sources at a small size, allowing you to install a lot more power into a confined space and build a significantly smaller vehicle. In addition, we sought to develop engines of the turbofan type specifically for the benefit of drastically reduced noise and fuel consumption. Flight control surfaces on the body of the vehicle control aspects such as pitch, yaw, roll, and aerobraking.
A typical drive would consist of the vehicle being driven as usual, on the ground. When a high-speed area is reached, the rider can accelerate to the vehicle's minimum takeoff speed, where they can either continue on land or pitch upward into flight. Here, the entire drivetrain will retract while new levels of performance are reached. To come down, the aerobraking complex will slow down the vehicle, the drivetrain will deploy, and the rider will pitch for landing. Now, the ground drivetrain is used again. Another alternative to this procedure would be to negate use of the ground drivetrain completely - in a full-hover sense. In this case, a rider would mount the vehicle, and rise upward in a VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) supported ascent. From a stationary position in the air, the engines would transition the direction of thrust from downward to the rear, and the vehicle would accelerate forward. At the end of a flight, the reverse would take place, and the vehicle would land back on the ground. This would allow full-hover transportation, but fuel consumption of the engines would be greater.
We are currently in development of two distinct families of Helios, for Professional entities as well as for Consumers. Each family consists of varied design characteristics, and our Consumer models are envisioned to meet FAA ultralight classification, negating the need for a pilot's license or vehicle registration. It is targeted for use in a recreational sense, while our professional models are designed for the highest-power performance applications.
ROSA has designed, pursued patents, and is building the world's first vehicles utilizing the extraordinary technology of automotive flight engines and dual-drivetrain systems.