Real-deal hoverboard to hit market in April


26 years on from the Back to the Future Part II prediction of levitating skateboards, the real McCoy might finally be here. The ArcaBoard developed by ARCA Space, a Romanian aerospace company founded in 1999 that recently moved its headquarters to Las Cruces, NM, can hover up to 30 cm off the ground, or water, for six minutes by using 36 high-powered electric ducted fans similar to those used to fly model jet airplanes. The fans are run by a pack of 72 lithium-polymer (LiPo) batteries, which provide 203 kW (272 hp) of power.

The hoverboard measures 145 x 76 x 15 cm (57 x 30 x 6 inches), employs composites in its construction, and with its 72 lithium polymer batteries, weighs in at an overall 82 kg, which is reportedly enough to support a person weighing up to 110 kg in an enhanced thrust mode that delivers three minutes of ride time.
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