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(NPR)   We may not have flying cars, but in 2014 we might get jetpacks   ( divider line
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2013-08-18 02:29:18 PM  
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It's neat, but I'll take the Yves Rossy model, thanks.
2013-08-18 06:54:28 AM  
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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
2013-08-18 04:09:26 AM  
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2013-08-18 02:08:44 AM  
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studebaker hoch: So no engine out capability, got it.

And if you lose just ONE engine, or if it tips over on takeoff or landing, you are now strapped to a giant one of these:

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I don't see that's necessarily true. If it has the intelligence of a cell phone it should be able to throttle down the running engine if single engine capabilities are terrible, and throttle down both engines if it tips over, at which point you are relying on your ballistic parachute.
2013-08-18 01:16:36 AM  
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Jet packs have been around since the 50's

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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
2013-08-18 01:12:01 AM  
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Emposter: timujin: Emposter: Sgygus: This could make my commute easier.

If you live 8000 or less feet from your work, you don't HAVE a commute.  You have a brisk 20 minute walk.

It goes to an altitude 8000 feet, that's not its range.

Not claiming to be an engineer, but if the thing can't glide, (and it can't) it should need (nearly?) as much downward thrust going horizontal as vertical.  It probably goes farther on the parachute than on the actual jets.

It doesn't get to 8000 feet and then run out of fuel, it gets to 8000 feet and then continues at 8000 feet for about 32 miles, Just think of it like it's a very small, two bladed helicopter.  It can do everything a helicopter can do.  Well, it probably can't rotate in place as quickly, but that's not the point.  It maneuvers in a very similar manner.
2013-08-18 12:57:43 AM  
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Sgygus: This could make my commute easier.

If you live 8000 or less feet from your work, you don't HAVE a commute.  You have a brisk 20 minute walk.
2013-08-18 12:38:47 AM  
1 vote:
And by jeypack we mean buzzy ducted fan pack.
2013-08-18 12:21:14 AM  
1 vote:
Oh, and when your engine quits on the road, you probably won't die. If your jetpack engine quits while you're in the air, you can kiss your ass goodbye.
2013-08-18 12:08:13 AM  
1 vote:
Nope. People cannot drive vehicles without farking it up. No way are we ready to let ordinary joes fly a jet pack around. That'd require new laws. Sorry to burst your bubble.
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