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(Factor)   Forget the jet-pack. This personal flying device is a lot cooler - and its wings come off   (factor-tech.com) divider line 28
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2014-04-01 11:22:23 AM
To get one you simply have to let some scientists molest you...

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2014-04-01 11:48:30 AM
Demand is high, ability to fly is low.

Never going to make a nickel in profit until the entire process is successfully automated.
 
2014-04-01 11:51:56 AM
There are currently 34,252  licensed rotary wing pilots in the U.S..
 
2014-04-01 12:09:30 PM
Hopefully not while you're flying...
 
2014-04-01 12:38:36 PM

2wolves: There are currently 34,252  licensed rotary wing pilots in the U.S..


Yeaahhhh.  I'd think that most people that could afford such a thing wouldn't want to go through all that.

However, this only requires a light sport aircraft license.
 
2014-04-01 12:39:15 PM
Paul Moller laughs at their feeble concept.
 
2014-04-01 12:43:08 PM
Whenever some one dreams about having a flying car or jetpack, they fail to follow through to the inevitable conclusion of everyone having one. The whole traffic system would pretty much have to be automated to prevent mid-air collisions.
 
2014-04-01 12:54:41 PM

cgraves67: Whenever some one dreams about having a flying car or jetpack, they fail to follow through to the inevitable conclusion of everyone having one. The whole traffic system would pretty much have to be automated to prevent mid-air collisions.


Having flaming debris falling from the sky every time some dipshiat causes an accident would certainly put a damper on things.
 
2014-04-01 01:16:25 PM
The ducted fans in that thing look way too small. Compare this to an Osprey. I don't see how it would be able to fly without much, much bigger propellers.
 
2014-04-01 01:21:43 PM

indy_kid: Paul Moller laughs at their feeble concept.


Yeah.  This one is aerodynamically impossible, too.

Flying stuff needs, like, WINGS

(Yes. Even Helicopters.)
 
2014-04-01 01:29:47 PM

Chuck Wagon: The ducted fans in that thing look way too small. Compare this to an Osprey. I don't see how it would be able to fly without much, much bigger propellers.


You'd be surprised.  Check out the LiftFan on the F-35 for instance.
 
2014-04-01 01:34:52 PM

netringer: indy_kid: Paul Moller laughs at their feeble concept.

Yeah.  This one is aerodynamically impossible, too.

Flying stuff needs, like, WINGS

(Yes. Even Helicopters.)



Does it now?
i.telegraph.co.uk
 
2014-04-01 01:46:00 PM

Chuck Wagon: The ducted fans in that thing look way too small. Compare this to an Osprey. I don't see how it would be able to fly without much, much bigger propellers.


Well, the Osprey is huge, plus it is designed to handle a lot more cargo. I have no idea if this thing would work, but the Osprey is kind of over-engineered, whereas this looks like a 4 seater, max. It's like trying to lift a Corolla as opposed to a city bus.
 
2014-04-01 01:49:44 PM

netringer: indy_kid: Paul Moller laughs at their feeble concept.

Yeah.  This one is aerodynamically impossible, too.

Flying stuff needs, like, WINGS

(Yes. Even Helicopters.)


Yeah, it's a lift-body aircraft, and the front fan works like the rear rotor in a helicopter.
 
2014-04-01 02:08:57 PM
When flying becomes the norm 50 airplane pileups will also become the norm.
 
2014-04-01 02:14:36 PM
Interestingly enough, i watched a history of the flying car on the Smithsonian Channel this weekend. It's rather impressive. There have been about 2,200 flying car designs attempted in one way or another over the years. This particular item didn't make the show though. Too bad.
 
2014-04-01 02:18:42 PM
The problem isn't in designing a flying car.   It's not even in automating them.
The problem is legislation. The FAA will have a field day making sure you can't make takeoff weight with all the licenses and permits you'll need in your wallet.

Aircraft are already expensive and anyone who's got the cash for a short range hopper will just as easily spend it on a more powerful aircraft.

/maybe someone in the third world will perfect the thing.
/then it trickles back to the west due to customer demand.
/but the chances are null for a home team succeeding.
 
2014-04-01 02:29:44 PM
The age of flying cars has been just around the corner for well over a hundred years.

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2014-04-01 03:15:21 PM

give me doughnuts: netringer: indy_kid: Paul Moller laughs at their feeble concept.

Yeah.  This one is aerodynamically impossible, too.

Flying stuff needs, like, WINGS

(Yes. Even Helicopters.)


Does it now?


difficulty, 90 second flight time.
 
2014-04-01 04:14:52 PM
Jesus farking Christ, when are people going to realize flying cars are the worst idea? You'd be taking the crash statistics of a car and applying them to an airplane, except in the air even a fender bender can result in fatalities. And let's not forget the threat of debris raining down on you or your house. It's just not going to happen, people. Let it go.
 
2014-04-01 04:23:02 PM

netringer: indy_kid: Paul Moller laughs at their feeble concept.

Yeah.  This one is aerodynamically impossible, too.

Flying stuff needs, like, WINGS

(Yes. Even Helicopters.)



upload.wikimedia.org

Not seeing a whole lot of wing here.

www.veteranstoday.com

Or here.

information-technology.ru

These wings are for carrying payload.


/Unless you are going for the whole "It's a rotory wing aircraft!", which I am not counting.
 
2014-04-01 04:27:48 PM
Well if they set up a gps system to fly it like a DJI phantom, it could work.

I kind of want it now.
 
2014-04-01 04:40:44 PM
Pfft, amatures. Pontiac invented the flying car in 1977:

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2014-04-01 06:51:34 PM
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No way. I have to drive around Boston, see? There is no way in HELL that a sky full of flying cars driven by regular jackoffs will end in anything but carnage.

Man, I'm getting old.
 
2014-04-01 08:14:00 PM

MythDragon: netringer: indy_kid: Paul Moller laughs at their feeble concept.

Yeah.  This one is aerodynamically impossible, too.

Flying stuff needs, like, WINGS

(Yes. Even Helicopters.)




Not seeing a whole lot of wing here.



Or here.



These wings are for carrying payload.


/Unless you are going for the whole "It's a rotory wing aircraft!", which I am not counting.


Beembo. Rotarcraft have wings that spin.

The Moller Skycar and this bit of fantasy supposedly go into airplane mode and stay in the air through sheer coolness repelling the earth.

Note that the Osprey, which is what these are trying to be, has a) MUCH more powerful engines and rotors and b) fixed wings for conventional flight.

Millar only got the Skycar to lift tethered in ground effect when it was empty.
 
2014-04-01 11:19:00 PM
Why do I get the feeling that Moller HIMSELF set up this campaign?

/the guy's a scammer, folks
//but if you're interested, I got a bridge to sell ya...
 
2014-04-01 11:22:44 PM
 
2014-04-02 01:50:09 AM
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