Romanian company ARCA Space Corporation has officially announced a hoverboard that can run for six-minutes and can support up to 80 kg weight. Don't confuse it with two-wheeled self-balancing scooters. The hoverboard has been priced at $19,900 by the company and will be available by April 2016. The company is already accepting orders on its website.
ARCA Space Corporation has also posted a video on YouTube showcasing the abilities of the hoverboard. 36 electric fans generate 430 pounds of downward thrust. With 80Kg load, it can run for six minutes. However, for lifting 110 kg weight, the hoverboard will run for three minutes only.
The company informed on its website, "Ride across any terrain or water with the vehicle that was virtually impossible, until today. Do what you want, whenever you want, wherever you want. Each time you ride the ArcaBoard you will find yourself at the center of a new exhilarating experience."
For adventure lovers, hoverboards are fun and have been in demand in the recent months and many brands sell them on online platforms. However, those aren’t real hoverboards, they are two-wheeled self-balancing scooters.
A Gizmodo report said, “Riding the ArcaBoard looks even trickier than mastering those two-wheeled imposters that are all the rage now, but that’s not stopping from Arca Space from letting anyone pre-order its hoverboard for $19,900 with a promised delivery of April of next year. Expect that to come with a safety waiver or ten you’ll need to sign before delivery.”
The ArcaBoard uses 36 electric ducted fans to lift a person weighing up to 110 kg. The ArcaBoard offers up to 272HP to the rider. The Long Endurance version of ArcaBoard has a lifting capacity of 80kg but can hover for 6 minutes.
Arca Space Corporation's hoverboard has also built-in stabilisation system to keep the hoverboard stable all the time.
The ArcaBoard can connect with Android or iOS device via Bluetooth. The smartphone app can be used to control the elevation and also the flight.
A report published in Engadget informed, “ARCA Space Corporation used to be a non-governmental organization based in Romania, established in 1999 to develop rockets and other aerospace technology. Moving to Las Cruces, New Mexico last year, it adopted the name ARCA Space Corporation. The company's currently developing rocket systems and serious, commercial drones (that seem to be behind schedule), but its history is a bit mysterious for our liking. In more than 15 years, it's performed numerous tests of aerospace technology, but we can't see that the outfit has ever really done, made or sold anything.”