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The Jetpack Is Coming - From New Zealand


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#1    seeder

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 01:48 PM

What kid hasnt wanted one of these? And now Im all grown up I still want one!!

No Flight of Fancy, the Jetpack Is Coming—From New Zealand

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand.  As standard gear for James Bond and Buzz Lightyear, jetpacks have long captured the public imagination as a way to dodge traffic jams and Cold War villains.

Among the world's aviation regulators, they have been dismissed as a flight of fancy that didn't require any special rules.

But a planned launch of a jetpack in New Zealand next year has bureaucrats scratching their heads, particularly as the machine's makers say the thing can travel up to 7,000 feet in the air at speeds of 50 miles an hour.

http://online.wsj.co...ml?mod=ITP_AHED

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 01:51 PM

found some more vids on the tube





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Posted 18 September 2013 - 09:50 PM

George Jettson would Love one ! Maybe ready for manned flight soon it says? Who wants to go first? :tu:

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 10:01 PM

View PostDONTEATUS, on 18 September 2013 - 09:50 PM, said:

George Jettson would Love one ! Maybe ready for manned flight soon it says? Who wants to go first? :tu:

Id do it if the parachute thing worked....and only over water.. :lol:

But even the modern jet fighter came from the wobbly Wright brothers first attempts.. but now we have modern tech to refine stuff quicker than ever.. I think this will become quite popular. Specially as the military are interested too

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 11:21 PM

Pfffft, Mexico had these ages ago!
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View Postseeder, on 18 September 2013 - 01:51 PM, said:

found some more vids on the tube
I would not want to be in that thing when it touches down at 1:11. It would break your neck!

I think it needs a bigger parachute and a rollbar... Edit: It looks like the newest model the test pilot is sitting in has this.

Edited by Timonthy, 18 September 2013 - 11:31 PM.

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 10:01 AM

View PostTimonthy, on 18 September 2013 - 11:21 PM, said:

Pfffft, Mexico had these ages ago!



I would not want to be in that thing when it touches down at 1:11. It would break your neck!

I think it needs a bigger parachute and a rollbar... Edit: It looks like the newest model the test pilot is sitting in has this.


well yes the crash landing after the shute deployed was a bit rough to say the least,  but Id expect on a good day youd just touch down lightly :lol:

If the military buy the idea - as the vid hints at their interest - and develop it further though, who knows where this tech could end up?  When its all safe to fly and land and if I had the dough Id be very interested to be honest, that and the underwater scooter and Id be very content

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The military apparently liked the scooter idea a lot too, last I heard they were developing their 'own versions'.... maybe for special forces

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 12:48 PM

I think I want one. I just might be dead by the time the price is within the reach of the common man...

I've flown from one side of this galaxy to the other. I've seen a lot of strange stuff, but I've never seen anything to show me where the hell Helen of Annoy has been for the past couple of months.

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 01:01 PM

View PostJunior Chubb, on 19 September 2013 - 12:48 PM, said:

I think I want one. I just might be dead by the time the price is within the reach of the common man...

maybe they will turn up at flying clubs, and can be rented by the hour / session - like microlights?  Fingers crossed anyway

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 01:17 PM

and it's so compact it fits in ur wallet!


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Posted 19 September 2013 - 03:57 PM

View PostJunior Chubb, on 19 September 2013 - 12:48 PM, said:

I think I want one. I just might be dead by the time the price is within the reach of the common man...

Or if you run out of fuel, yikes!


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Posted 19 September 2013 - 05:44 PM

Well.... Yes, this is flaming expensive, a possible fireball waiting to happen, and leads to worrying thoughts regarding if you need to have a pilot's licence as well, but come on!

If you could afford it, I'd very possibly buy one! After all, we've been robbed of the silver foil suits promised to us in the 21st Century, so a jet pack's the next best thing!


Oh, another practical thought. Does it come with a basket for your shopping when you do need to pick up groceries?


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Posted 19 September 2013 - 06:25 PM

As the article pointed-out, this is not a "jet-pack" but rather a gas-powered dual propeller type flying craft.

But that's OK too. As it can last longer in the air than a stardard jet-pack, with far less toxic fumes and dangerous heat.

The parachute confused me at first... like, why doesn't he try a controlled landing... until I understood that this was a height test, using-up all it's gasoline, and needing a parachute to get back down safely.

Great post, seeder.

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 06:38 PM

View Postpallidin, on 19 September 2013 - 06:25 PM, said:

As the article pointed-out, this is not a "jet-pack" but rather a gas-powered dual propeller type flying craft.

But that's OK too. As it can last longer in the air than a stardard jet-pack, with far less toxic fumes and dangerous heat.

The parachute confused me at first... like, why doesn't he try a controlled landing... until I understood that this was a height test, using-up all it's gasoline, and needing a parachute to get back down safely.

Great post, seeder.

:tu:   Cheers mate! yeh the shute must be a 'required' safety test of sorts, I mean who would want to fly so high without a shute?  It can only get better. If the military develop the idea - imagine how good their end result will be, with more money and resources to refine it?

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 07:19 PM

Before they make this available, they had better pass some "no texting while flying" laws, the knuckleheads in cars are dangerous enough!


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Posted 19 September 2013 - 08:37 PM

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