Composites used for real-life flying hoverboard

Called the AcraBoard, the hoverboard is reportedly moving fast toward production.

Looks like Marty McFly’s hoverboard from Back to the Future might soon become a reality. ARCA Space Corp. (Las Cruces, NM, US) has created the ArcaBoard, an electric-powered flying machine with 272 horsepower and 203,000 watts of installed power. It features aerospace grade composite materials to create a very lightweight and stiff structure that houses the 36 electric motors and batteries. The weight of the composite structure alone is 10 kg (22 lb). Overall, it has a length of 57x30x6 inches and a weight of 82 kg (180 lb). This technology allows a person with a weight up to 110 kg (243 lb) to be able to fly.

The vehicle is able to fly up to 1 ft and with speeds up to 12.5 mph. The maximum endurance is six minutes, but with the ArcaDock accessory the user can be back in action in 35 minutes.

ARCA has secured strategic partnerships with US and Chinese suppliers such Southwest Composite Works Inc. and Eco Molding Co. Originally priced at $19,900, the ArcaBoard can now be sold at $14,900 due to these partnerships. Although the official introduction of the ArcaBoard to the international market will be on April 14, 2016 at Monaco's Top Marques event, orders can already be placed and secured on ARCA Space's website.

“ArcaBoard represents a revolution in motion. For the last 17 years, we have developed aerospace technologies that looked to the sky. We took our knowledge and applied it to everyone’s dreams. Dreams of flying,” said Dumitru Popescu, CEO of ARCA Space.

Check out a video of the AcraBoard in action: