published: 12.06.2013, 13:48 | updated: 12.06.2013 14:03:48
Prague - A bicycle with a dummy took off for a couple of minutes at Prague´s Letnany exhibition grounds today and its designers who drew inspiration from Jules Verne´s science-fiction novels count with a human being riding the Flying Bike in the future.
They replaced the function of the wings needed for the flight with the static drive of six horizontal propellers.
"Now the project is in the stage where the bicycle is controlled with the help of a transmitter. But we want to continue until a human being is capable of sitting on it," Milan Duchek, one of the engineers and designers participating in the project, said.
Duchek said the bicycle with a living person sitting on it could take off this autumn.
"Our main motivation in working on the project was neither profit nor commercial interest, but the fulfilment of our boyish dreams," another participant in the project Ales Kobylik said.
He said they also found inspiration in the flying bicycle of a boy from the books of Czech adventure writer Jaroslav Foglar and the Czech science-fiction film "The Stolen Airship" based on Jules Verne´s Two Years Holiday novel, made by Czech director Karel Zeman in 1966.
The bicycle weighs about 100 kilograms. The costs were in the order of hundreds of thousands of crowns.
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