Robert Heinlein, Your Personal Electric Helicopter Will Be Ready In 2016

Hirobo of Japan plans to introduce a personal BIT electric micro helicopter.

(Personal electric helicopter)

Hiroshima-based Hirobo is a company best known for its radio-controlled scale helicopters, which sit at the high end of the marketplace. A Hirobo Eagle 3 EP won the 2013 F3C World Championships held in Poland this July, and the company has been producing scale models for 40 years.

Various prices have been mentioned for the BIT in different publications, but Takahiro Koboyashi, Hirobo's Overseas Group Sales Manager, suggested it would sell for approximately US$240,000.

Heinlein fans recall the copter harness from his excellent 1954 juvenile The Star Beast

They were half way home when a single flyer, hopping free in a copter harness, approached the little parade. The flier ignored the red warning light stabbing out from the police chief's car and slanted straight down at the huge star beast. John Thomas thought that he recognized that he recognized Betty's slapdash style even before he could make out features; he was not mistaken. He caught her as she cut power.
(Read more about Robert Heinlein's Robert Heinlein's copter harness)

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