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Is it a bike? Is it a plane? Flying bicycle unveiled

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Flying bicycle takes to the air

The work of three Czech Republic companies, this flying bicycle had a successful five-minute test flight in a Prague exhibition hall.

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Three Czech companies have teamed up to make a prototype of an electric bicycle capable of flying.

The bike successfully took off inside an exhibition hall in Prague and landed safely after a remote-controlled, five-minute flight on Wednesday.

Looking like a heavy mountain bike, it weighs 95 kilograms. It has two battery-power propellers on the front, two on the back and one on each side.

Up: The bicycle in flight.

Up: The bicycle in flight.

A dummy rode in the saddle during the test flight, but the companies hope humans will one day be able to pilot the contraption.

Milan Duchek, technical director of Duratec Bicycles, said more powerful batteries will be needed before a human can take a two-wheeled flight.

Better batteries would allow the bicycle to remain airborne for longer, with the current batteries needing recharging after just five minutes in the air. 

And down: The flying bike at rest.

And down: The flying bike at rest.

"Because the capacity of batteries doubles about every ten years, we can expect that in the future the capacity would be enough for the bike to used for sports, tourism or similar things," he said.

AP