LAS CRUCES, NM (KRQE) – A New Mexico based company is looking to change the future as what started out as a child’s idea is turning into something that could eventually benefit the state.
A Romanian company, with its headquarters in New Mexico, has now conquered the hoverboard. It’s called an ArcaBoard, a revolutionary breakthrough in transportation technology.
“We chose New Mexico based on the basically the flight space and the opportunity with Spaceport America,” said Chris Lang, Chief Operating Officer of ARCA Space Corporation.
Lang says their partnership and being based in Las Cruces is the perfect place to test the ArcaBoard.
The whole idea of creating the ArcaBoard started while hiking in the Las Cruces desert and in two short months and the board was on the market just in time for Christmas.
Helping them create and build these creations are New Mexicans. Lang says they’re committed to hiring local by using New Mexico talent to design and manufacture the products.
“We hired our first employees in September this year so basically the city and the state of New Mexico have been very welcoming to us in helping us find the right people, qualified people, who basically can help us get to the next level as a company,” said Lang.
Lang says they have 15 employees comprised mostly of New Mexico State University and Doña Ana Community College graduates.
ARCA plans to use what they did to create the board and apply it to some of its future projects like an unmanned vehicle and rocket technology.
“We do believe we are on the forefront of technology and the different applications that it can be used for. So, we are really excited to share that with the world in the future,” said Lang.
The ArcaBoard itself is about 4 feet by 2 feet and weighs 180 lbs and is able to hover with the help of 36 electric ducted fans. It hovers about a foot off of the ground and can reach up to 12.5 mph.
If interested, the ArcaBoard goes for about $19,900. The company plans to begin shipping this April.