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(Popular Science)   DIY genius builds jetpack that can reach an altitude of 25,000 feet. Getting back to the ground, however, might pose a wee bit of a problem   (popsci.com) divider line 45
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2013-02-26 07:52:48 AM  
Um...actually, it's never been off the ground. But it cleared away some snow, so...cool?
 
2013-02-26 08:04:44 AM  
How did he solve the icing problem?
 
2013-02-26 08:20:17 AM  

grokca: How did he solve the icing problem?


Oh, there's a video of him dealing with that. *eyeroll*
 
2013-02-26 08:38:08 AM  
I'm pretty sure coming down is a lot easier than getting up there

/likely a lot faster, too
 
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2013-02-26 08:39:41 AM  
That will come in version 2.0.  One step at a time....
 
2013-02-26 08:48:52 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I'm pretty sure coming down is a lot easier than getting up there

/likely a lot faster, too


Gravity is just, like, a theory, man...
 
2013-02-26 10:01:08 AM  
Getting down isn't the problem...it's the sudden stop at the bottom that's a killer.
 
2013-02-26 10:01:09 AM  
Getting back to the ground isn't a problem.  Getting back to the ground slowly enough not to become a soggy pink pancake otoh.....
 
2013-02-26 10:01:55 AM  
One second away from a reasonably cool simulpost.... ah well, what could have been
 
2013-02-26 10:04:17 AM  

Recoil Therapy: One second away from a reasonably cool simulpost.... ah well, what could have been


Hi'ya. My posting Kung-Fu is strong.
 
2013-02-26 10:06:36 AM  
Couldn't he jettison the pack after reaching maximum altitude and glide back to earth in one of those flying-squirrel jump-suit thingees?
Might as well go hard-core extreme with the awesome.
 
2013-02-26 10:10:24 AM  
I saw a jetpack at IDEX last week
 
2013-02-26 10:10:47 AM  
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2013-02-26 10:18:05 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-26 10:36:28 AM  
The guys behind this tried to talk this up on the wingsuit forum on dropzone.com...  Let's just say that aeronautical knowledge behind this project is lacking.
 
2013-02-26 10:37:32 AM  
Takeoffs are optional. Landings are mandatory.
 
2013-02-26 10:38:24 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-26 10:40:40 AM  
Yves Rossy has been flying around on his for five or six years now.  Why are we even acknowledging the guy who looks like he riveted some curved sheet metal to an aluminum box?
 
2013-02-26 10:47:26 AM  
It's like he ate at Taco Bell last night.
 
2013-02-26 10:48:48 AM  
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Meh, Commando Cody flew his to the moon to save us all.
 
2013-02-26 10:51:15 AM  

DoctorCal: grokca: How did he solve the icing problem?

Oh, there's a video of him dealing with that. *eyeroll*


Yep, it's called Iron Man.
 
2013-02-26 10:55:22 AM  
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...and he flew a giant Space Penis!

/penis
 
2013-02-26 10:58:04 AM  
That looks stupidly dangerous and I want to try it...
 
2013-02-26 10:59:52 AM  
(watches video) So, he made a go-cart?
 
2013-02-26 11:08:50 AM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: Meh, Commando Cody flew his to the moon to save us all.


And don't forget Major Mars...played by none other than Bob Burns.
 
2013-02-26 11:20:51 AM  
From TFA: "The heat-proof boots worn aren't just a precaution, but a design feature because the jets' thrust angle is controlled by dipping the boots into the exhaust like the control vanes on a V2 rocket. "

Uh, yeah.  Pass.
 
2013-02-26 12:11:56 PM  
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2013-02-26 12:19:04 PM  

PacManDreaming: Lt. Cheese Weasel: Meh, Commando Cody flew his to the moon to save us all.

And don't forget Major Mars...played by none other than Bob Burns.


Good lord. I think they're flying a modified one of these:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vought_F7U_Cutlass

Let's hope they have better luck than the Navy did...
 
2013-02-26 12:22:34 PM  
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2013-02-26 12:26:31 PM  
but you have to fly it in the nude...
 
2013-02-26 12:39:46 PM  
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2013-02-26 12:50:24 PM  
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2013-02-26 01:09:28 PM  

mainsail: PacManDreaming: Lt. Cheese Weasel: Meh, Commando Cody flew his to the moon to save us all.

And don't forget Major Mars...played by none other than Bob Burns.

Good lord. I think they're flying a modified one of these:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vought_F7U_Cutlass


CSB: One of those was parked outside Flight Test at MCAS Cherry Point back in the early 60s when the Old Man was stationed there. Apparently the Navy just left it there after the program was abandoned. There was a running joke among the pilots at NARF about who was going to fly it back to the Vought factory in Texas. For all I know, it was probably bulldozed off the end of runway 22, where there was a pile of PV-1s that had been abandoned after WWII. /CSB

When I read the headline I thought about this.
 
2013-02-26 01:28:26 PM  
Since the test videos largely involve the pilot laying on his stomach on the ground, a parachute seems like a preferable landing method right now.

Preferable for the pilot, maybe. My preference is for the pilot to lay his stomach on the ground at terminal velocity.
 
2013-02-26 01:31:28 PM  
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2013-02-26 01:33:09 PM  

OldManDownDRoad: PV-1


Deja vu...There was a PV-1 here in Minneapolis (when we lived here the first time) somewhere I used to see when I was a young kid. Had to be the early-mid 70s. Odd thing was, it was RAF, complete with roundels and squad markings Which for a kid whose mum was RAF, was weird and cool and memorable (obviously). Thing is, it was next to some electrical generating plant or something; lightning research,my brother thinks- anyway, it made a pretty profound impression on me, which is of course, why it's in the novel. Even weirder: because of the age I was when I saw it (several times), I have no idea where in Minneapolis it was. Nor why it was there, or what's become of it. Hence the speculative fiction aspect of the novel.
 
2013-02-26 01:35:16 PM  
Why ride in a rickety old deathtrap when you can be stylin' in a brand new deathpack?
 
2013-02-26 01:49:00 PM  
Aha! Google: Lightning and Transients Research Laboratory. Minneapolis, Minnesota. And yup, lots of planes. Gadzooks.
 
2013-02-26 02:00:05 PM  
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2013-02-26 03:38:32 PM  

Donnchadha: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I'm pretty sure coming down is a lot easier than getting up there

/likely a lot faster, too

Gravity is just, like, a theory, man...


The secret to flight is to throw yourself at the ground, and miss.
 
2013-02-26 03:42:26 PM  
Paging Charles Darwin...
 
2013-02-26 04:50:04 PM  

Pincy: Paging Charles Darwin...

dl.dropbox.com

He's probably paying attention.

 
2013-02-26 05:02:12 PM  
www.blogcdn.com
 
2013-02-26 06:55:06 PM  

mainsail: Aha! Google: Lightning and Transients Research Laboratory. Minneapolis, Minnesota. And yup, lots of planes. Gadzooks.


Aircraft for the homeless of Minnesota?
 
2013-02-26 08:06:39 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I'm pretty sure coming down is a lot easier than getting up there

/likely a lot faster, too


What I came to say.  Getting down is the easy part.
 
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