Czech engineers unveil flying bicycle

Three engineering companies based in the Czech Republic have used Dassault Systèmes' 3DExperience software to construct a flying electric bicycle.

The design simulation software enabled the collaborators to design and manufacture the bike, and test and simulate its properties virtually. The flying machine, which weighs in at 95kg and can achieve speeds of up to 50km/hour, was then constructed using a lightweight alloy called duralumin. The current design features 50Ah Lithium-polymer batteries positioned below the crossbar of the roughly mountain bike-shaped light alloy frame. Six propellers surrounded by composite casings - two at the front, another two at the back and one on each side - allow it to fly.