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Hoverboard Flight Record

Posted May 23, 2015 10:23 AM by Bayes

I thought this was some fun news I would pass along. Apparently a Canadian inventor, Alexandru Duru, set a Guinnes World Record for the farthest flight by hoverboard, flying 905 feet over Lake Ouareau in Quebec. Please keep in mind this is propeller based. It basically looks like he's standing on a drone, but it can't be easy to balance so I still think it's an impressive feat.

Video of Hoverboard Record Flight

Here is a Wired article regarding the feat:

This hero just smashed the world hoverboard record

It's not really fair to say that hoverboards don't exist -- they do, in wildly varying forms. Unfortunately they also happen to be pretty... raw. Which means they are either unable to work for more than a few seconds or require a surface substrate rippling with an opposing magnetic field to get around. Still, the hope remains that a functioning mass-market hoverboard will become a possibility one day -- perhaps even before everyone who saw Back To The Future in cinemas is too old to try it out.

Today we've come one step closer, thanks to Catalina Alexandru Duru who has just broken the official record for the longest flight ever on a hoverboard. Using his own conception of a floating skateboard -- this time a horizontal board powered by two massive fans like a quadcopter, rather than a water jet or magnets -- Duru managed to fly 905 feet and 2 inches over the surface of Lake Ouareau in Quebec, Canada, under the watchful gaze of Guinness World Records.

Duru reached a height of more than 15 feet on the board, which took him about a year to design and build. "I wanted to showcase that a stable flight can be achieved on a hoverboard and a human could stand and control with their feet," Duru told Guinness. The records organisation said in response that the feat was "truly mesmerising".

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05/23/2015 11:19 AM

Some very impressive applied engineering!

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05/23/2015 1:38 PM

I'm still waiting for room temperature superconductors!

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05/23/2015 2:03 PM

Skill, I can see this becoming the next craze, if affordable.

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05/23/2015 6:59 PM

Awesome!

Taken to the next level....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJEKNHruTU8

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05/26/2015 3:18 PM

Funny thing is, they claimed in the headlies this was "the first manned flight of the velocopter" or something to that effect, but this was clearly a droned take-off, sustained flight, and landing.

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05/23/2015 7:14 PM

Nice video. Hopefully it's waterproof and floats and is not on the bottom of Lake Ouareau!

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05/23/2015 8:30 PM

A little more information:

http://techogeny.com/tag/hoverboard/

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05/24/2015 12:48 AM

I'd think a gyro would add lots more stability.

Still..............................................pretty cool.

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05/24/2015 12:06 PM

Roger…Since the surface of the lake is virtually "flat". what would he be doing over a choppy surface? Any difference?

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05/24/2015 10:37 PM

I would expect it wouldn't make a difference. I think he's doing it over water for safety. It's basically a man standing on a drone (with control circuitry for balance). At least, that's my understanding.

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05/25/2015 11:04 AM

From a safety standpoint, this is way off the scale on the hazardous side. When the batteries run out, you have to either be at low altitude over something soft (like water) or high enough that a parachute can save you. There is no chance of autorotation being any help with high disk loading, which you obviously have in this case.

This guy is not only clever, but also gutsy (and lucky).

http://techogeny.com/tag/hoverboard/

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05/26/2015 3:19 PM

Apparently, he would be chopping waves. What? No white robe?

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05/24/2015 1:10 PM

I was watching these folks for awhile. I don't know if it ever became anything...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SoloTrek_XFV

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05/26/2015 2:01 PM

I would like to try dat, but I would be afraid a big muskie or nordern would yump up and dat would be the end, ay!

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