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(NPR)   We may not have flying cars, but in 2014 we might get jetpacks   (npr.org ) divider line
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2013-08-18 09:14:23 AM  

YodaBlues: [blogs.gamefilia.com image 600x428]
My high school years shall not of been in vain!


That version was a piece of cake - the SNES version didn't have the cheatin' hover button.
 
2013-08-18 09:15:35 AM  
I found a rendering of what the military version will look like:
i41.tinypic.com
 
2013-08-18 09:20:41 AM  

fzumrk: I found a rendering of what the military version will look like:
[i41.tinypic.com image 532x400]



They actually built that.

/or something like it.
/one of the flying podium spin offs.
/yea, that jetski thing in Akira was also real.
 
2013-08-18 09:44:54 AM  
I've seen how people drive to work - no way do I want them to fly.
 
2013-08-18 10:25:44 AM  
Looks great except for the landing.
 
2013-08-18 10:32:19 AM  
Not a jet pack
 
2013-08-18 10:36:15 AM  
Old news subby.  America was using jet packs to battle nazis in the 30's and Cobra in the 80's.
 
2013-08-18 11:53:22 AM  
Okay guys, terminology.

If you can wear it and walk around as if you were wearing a (possibly quite heavy) backpack and, not connected to anything,  it flies, carrying you, by firing jets (and gets you higher than ground effect), it's a "jet-pack".
 
2013-08-18 11:58:13 AM  
...I can only imagine how nice and quiet it would be when I'm trying to sleep.
 
2013-08-18 12:07:24 PM  

acefox1: Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: acefox1: Poor Mythbusters. You guys were so close!

Their ducted-fan jet-pack looked almost exactly the same. In a kit-bashed, garage-welded kind of way. Just needed moar power I guess.

I think the problem was their rig was too heavy. 65 horsepower ought to be plenty to get a human airborne. But then, they were testing whether you could build a personal VTOL using plans ordered from the back of a magazine. If they'd had a custom-built powerplant and a carbon-fibre frame it might have gone differently.

/and gotten Jaime killed

Looks like these guys are using a 2.0 litre V4 piston 200-horsepower gasoline for their JetPack.


I have a hard enough time puttering around horizontally in the pattern in a Cessna 152 with 108 hp.


Flying vertically on a 65 hp engine might be hard to manage for my 220 pound frame but it would be interesting to see someone pull that off.


Well with the Cessna you're also lugging around a thousand or so pounds of airframe on top of the occupants and fuel. The deLackner Aerocycle, at under 200lb empty, was able to fly vertically carrying a man on just 40 hp. It's all about how the power is getting used.

It's been a while since I've seen the jetpack episode of Mythbusters, but I seem to recall the vehicle had just enough power to cancel its own weight, but not enough to take off. If they'd been able to shave 100 pounds off it, they might've gotten off the ground.
 
2013-08-18 12:29:57 PM  

jedihirsch: Jet packs have been around since the 50's

from 1959
[upload.wikimedia.org image 850x850]
[rocketbelts.americanrocketman.com image 550x441]

1960's
[upload.wikimedia.org image 313x500]


Nothing new. Oh and private people did buy the old copies and still use them for fun, there are people who have them and they are perfectly legal and unregulated


That guy has a pretty interesting story actually.

Anyhow, FTFA:

The company plans to put on the industrial market next year.

I wonder what the industrial uses they're projecting this for. I can think of a few but I'd have expected them to market it for hobby/amusement purposes and not industrial.
 
2013-08-18 12:44:40 PM  
Yeah right. Video, or it didn't happ... Oh hold on.

(Watches video)

Yeah. Hell no. I'll walk thanks.
 
2013-08-18 12:56:50 PM  

HotWingAgenda: vossiewulf: And by jeypack we mean buzzy ducted fan pack.

Came to make sure this was said. When people say jetpack, they mean jetpack. Hot or pressurized air or liquid must be forced through a nozzle to push it off the ground and propel it forwards. This is like referring to a paddleboat as a torpedo.


They are the same thing! Damn it!

/sorry
//just want to be controversial as I've not posted much lately
/I pick you, you special snowflake you! :D
 
2013-08-18 01:01:20 PM  

OhioKnight: If you can wear it and walk around as if you were wearing a (possibly quite heavy) backpack


I think this is the part that bothers me about it. It's just a bad vehicle if you're that attached to it.
 
2013-08-18 01:02:36 PM  

SomeoneDumb: ...I can only imagine how nice and quiet it would be when I'm trying to sleep.


You probably shouldn't sleep while operating one of these. That would be dangerous, don't you think?
 
2013-08-18 01:10:02 PM  

UnspokenVoice: SomeoneDumb: ...I can only imagine how nice and quiet it would be when I'm trying to sleep.

You probably shouldn't sleep while operating one of these. That would be dangerous, don't you think?


Good point.

*You* shouldn't operate one around me when I'm trying to sleep, either.
 
2013-08-18 01:24:37 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

HAI GUYS WHATS GOIN ON IN THIS THREAD
 
2013-08-18 01:56:03 PM  

studebaker hoch: [upload.wikimedia.org image 280x280]

HAI GUYS WHATS GOIN ON IN THIS THREAD


See, at least your legs dangle in that. Still, more craft than pack.
 
2013-08-18 02:19:17 PM  

SomeoneDumb: UnspokenVoice: SomeoneDumb: ...I can only imagine how nice and quiet it would be when I'm trying to sleep.

You probably shouldn't sleep while operating one of these. That would be dangerous, don't you think?

Good point.

*You* shouldn't operate one around me when I'm trying to sleep, either.


They appear to go pretty high so the noise probably won't be that bad. Additionally they're $150,000+ so I don't think you'll have to worry about it in most neighborhoods. If I get one (I can't imagine that I will, I could swing the cash I suppose but I'm too old to be playing with stuff like that and I lack a pilot's license and don't see myself bothering to get one) I solemnly swear to not operate it near your home while you're sleeping, trying to sleep, or are otherwise wanting peace and quiet. I promise and this is a promise I think I should be able to keep.

I mean, yeah, it looks like it is fun and all but I just can't see it actually having a value (other than the amusement value) for me personally. I'd probably play with one if offered the chance but I just can't see owning one. Usually if I'm spending that much money it is for property which is also a bit of a toy in my case. (I have an addiction to owning land, I keep it un-posted and encourage people to use it to hunt, fish, camp, party, etc... I ask only that you take care of it and bring out what you brought in.)

I mentioned a little while ago that I see it is being marketed for industrial purposes. The examples they give in the article seem a bit out there though I can see maybe some of them. I think a playboy gadget for the well-to-do makes a better market goal than industrial though I suppose they can easily cross-market. They also mention military use which seems quite unlikely given the current drone use and that it would have no realistic battle capacity. Ah well... I'm a bit high so pardon my lack of brevity.
 
2013-08-18 02:29:18 PM  
It's neat, but I'll take the Yves Rossy model, thanks.
 
2013-08-18 02:32:02 PM  
I don't recommend the version 1.0 of this product especially.
 
2013-08-18 05:29:12 PM  
UnspokenVoice: [snip] Ah well... I'm a bit high so pardon my lack of brevity.

Okay, I'm reassured.

The sound was simply my first thought after having witnessed some earlier versions of these over the years. The thought of a dozen of them flying overhead at all hours of the day or night, shall we say, concerned me. Maybe when they're high enough it wouldn't be a factor, but even an early rising neighbor going off to work would shatter the serenity of my morning coffee!
 
2013-08-18 07:19:10 PM  

vossiewulf: Emposter: ArcadianRefugee: EmmaLou: People have enough problems in 2 dimensions, they really don't need to add a 3rd. Can you imagine seeing the "Student Driver" sign on a flying car (or a jet pack flier?)

This! This has always been my argument against the "flying car". I mean, think of all the "pensioner crashed into farmers' market" stories. You really want them dropping onto them, too?

You guys sound like you don't realize how easy it is to get a pilot's license.  Third dimension is already there for anyone who's over 17 and has a few thousand dollars to blow.

Um it doesn't work like that. People who do not have the skill required are never allowed to solo. My CFI had one person who had over 50 hours and he still never would allow him to solo.


Shut your whore mouth! I don't care how easy it is, so long as the dolts out there don't know how easy it is.

What are you trying to do, kill us all??
 
2013-08-18 07:19:59 PM  
And I totally quoted the wrong post. fark.

I was meaning to respond to Emposter, not vossiewulf.
 
2013-08-18 07:49:28 PM  

SomeoneDumb: UnspokenVoice: [snip] Ah well... I'm a bit high so pardon my lack of brevity.

Okay, I'm reassured.

The sound was simply my first thought after having witnessed some earlier versions of these over the years. The thought of a dozen of them flying overhead at all hours of the day or night, shall we say, concerned me. Maybe when they're high enough it wouldn't be a factor, but even an early rising neighbor going off to work would shatter the serenity of my morning coffee!


I had a neighbor with a Harley once. He'd take it to work and leave at like 4:45 in the morning. I hated him so, yeah, I understand.
 
2013-08-18 08:04:37 PM  
Farking feet, how do they work?
 
2013-08-18 10:39:05 PM  
http://youtu.be/m4Bm3cs9TFo

I think I will stick with a water jetpack. Especially one that flies Ironman style.
 
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