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(MSNBC)   Buy your own Jet Pack, laugh at friends who bought Segways   ( divider line
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7749 clicks; posted to Main » on 18 Jan 2002 at 12:14 AM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-01-18 12:15:32 AM  
Segway Scooters are SO 2001.
2002-01-18 12:15:39 AM  
2002-01-18 12:16:25 AM  
this is old. i saw this a few days ago. probably posted here
2002-01-18 12:19:42 AM  
Sometimes you just gotta go back to the basics...
2002-01-18 12:20:06 AM  
Don't tell this guy about that jetpack from like 30 years ago that could last longer in flight than this does.
2002-01-18 12:21:46 AM  
At least the great Fark Overlord vomited out some new linkage for us to devour in our frenzy!

Segway! Woo! Fark!
2002-01-18 12:23:05 AM  
2002-01-18 12:24:09 AM  
Yeah, this is a duplicate, they're losing it...
2002-01-18 12:24:45 AM  
He wonders whether SoloTreks can be made idiot-proof enough for regulators to deem it safe for the public.

Idiot proof, and they let anyone have a computer Bwahahahhahahahaha
2002-01-18 12:27:30 AM  
I submitted this article weeks ago. What's up? Why do I never get any credit for my submissions?

I'm lying.
2002-01-18 12:29:30 AM  
People have enough of a hard time in two dimensions, how will they deal with 3?
2002-01-18 12:30:10 AM  
I have a Jet Pack on my Segway
2002-01-18 12:35:21 AM  
2002-01-18 12:39:51 AM  
2002-01-18 12:42:45 AM  
This was on here on wednesday. Just from a different source.
2002-01-18 01:09:27 AM  
Since when are fans jets?
2002-01-18 01:17:54 AM  
Nightjars, because Fanny packs have already been invented.

2002-01-18 01:31:19 AM  
Hmmm, maybe it's a reference to Benny?

Fanny packs are already invented? There goes my chances for fame and fortune! sigh...
2002-01-18 02:25:46 AM  
Lemee see your Segways

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2002-01-18 02:31:40 AM  
I just want the girls of FARK to be with me....
2002-01-18 04:13:10 AM  
it went like 2 feet off the ground for 19 seconds...? WOW that is gonna be out for Xmas?!?!?

I also thought they were being built "only" for the government.....
2002-01-18 08:41:03 AM  
There's a reason flying cars never got off the ground (forgive the pun), and it's because, like Sheseala said, the average person can't be trusted to try and control something in 3-dimensions. They have a hard enough time trying to drive a car in good weather, let alone in rain or snow.

What happens when that cell phone wielding, angry woman swatting at the kids in the back seat of her Ford Excursion who cut you off yesterday gets a hold of one of these?
2002-01-18 10:05:24 AM  
Did you ever see the Dr. Katz episode when the patient is talking about the Rocket Pack? And how that if you had
a Rocket Pack, it would be the last thing you thought about at the end of the day, and the first thing you thought about when you woke up in the morning? Rocketpack-rocketpack-ROCKETPACK! Well, driving a convertible is kind of like that feeling. I've
never owned a convertible, but now that I've had a chance to drive one on a regular basis, I think I'm ruined for life. The best is when you drive under things-trees, bridges, stars...I mean, they're right there man! Pure joy.
2002-01-18 10:08:36 AM  
Augie Ben Doggie:


I mean, look at Moller, they've been getting vehicles a few feet off of the ground since the 50's. It wasn't until, what, the 80s or 90s that they had something that would operate out of ground effect?

Sorry, the Solotrek doesn't come the tinest portion close to comparing with the SkyCar.
2002-01-18 10:27:59 AM  
I'd think these things would require some kind of pilot's license for private use, just like planes. Go thru several hours of training and then an FAA written exam and test flight.
2002-01-18 10:36:11 AM  
Let's have those test flights somewhere well out of town, shall we? I suspect the learning curve is fairly steep on one of those things. Sort of like the angle at which rookies will crash and burn.
2002-01-18 10:50:28 AM  
worst repost ever!
2002-01-18 11:02:04 AM  

Moller lobbied (successfully), along with several major companies (the foremost of those being Boeing, if I recall correctly), the creation of a new category of pilot's license, a "powered lift" license for VTOL craft. They're now working to try and get simpler-to-abtain versions of it for simpler-to-pilot craft like they're designing (the SkyCar is to be mostly fly-by-wire).
2002-01-18 11:58:48 AM  
"It's the ROCKETEER!!!"
2002-01-18 12:43:01 PM  
Duck Dodgers Approves...

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2002-01-18 01:13:54 PM  
Do you really want someone who can't use signals properly or park their car correctly or run out of gas on the freaking ground flying one these things over your head?

I wouldn't expect a full pilot's license to operate one of these unless it exceeds the performance of aircraft that do require a PL. But on the other hand I think that motor vehicle licenses should require as much (or more) training than an aircraft license with recurrency training and periodic knwledge and skill exams.
2002-01-18 01:24:13 PM  
About that rocket pack: After 30 seconds and you're still airborne, then the next bit is mostly falling and screaming, then a sickening thud. Hey, I'm walking!

That SoloTrek Exo-Skeletor Flying Vehicle(TM) is only a ground-effect vehicle if it's not clearing a couple feet.

I'm still betting that it's vaporware.
2002-01-18 06:16:50 PM  
3rd time this story has been posted..maybe i should try to post it again next week to see if i can make it 4
2002-01-18 08:13:25 PM  
Maybe if they combine the stability "guts" of a Segway with this thing, it might be flyable by an average person. Average filthy-rich person, that is.
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