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Martin Aircraft’s commercial jetpack looks to take flight
http://shopping.yahoo.com/articles/yshoppingarticles/436/martin-aircrafts-commercial-jetpack-looks-to-take-flight/ ^ | Ryan Fleming

Posted on 10/04/2010 8:08:25 AM PDT by ventanax5

It is about time man flew among the birds – alone. We may not have the homes on the moon, or the flying cars that our totally reasonable childhood imaginations ensured us would be waiting for us when we grew up, but with a little luck and a lot of money, we might soon be able to scratch “jetpack” off of our bucket lists.

Imagine one day soon, you kiss the spouse good bye, walk the kids off to the school bus, then you prepare for the commute to work. But rather than sitting in traffic and squeezing your steering wheel in frustration as the car in front of you apparently believes the old adage of “speed kills”, so they are driving 15 MPH under the speed limit, you simply throw on your jetpack, terrify a few birds, and make it to work in record time. Sure there might be a few details that you would need to work out, like the practicalities on your hygiene after ripping through the wind with an engine strapped to your back, or the fact that you are betting your life on the reliability of the vehicle, but we are talking about a jetpack- practicalities be damned!

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: flying; jetpack; technology

1 posted on 10/04/2010 8:08:30 AM PDT by ventanax5
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To: ventanax5

Hotfoot alert!


2 posted on 10/04/2010 8:09:11 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast ( A window seat, a jug of elderberry wine, and thou.)
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To: ventanax5

Pray to God that the gyro doesn’t crap out...


3 posted on 10/04/2010 8:10:35 AM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: ventanax5

And just what if several hundred thousand of your fellow frustrated commuters strap on their own jet packs and “sky up” at the same time, headed for the same downtown destination? Multiple midair carnage on a horrific scale!


4 posted on 10/04/2010 8:12:21 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("O Muslim! My bullets are dipped in pig grease!")
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To: raybbr

How many suicide belts could a lightly built terrorist carry?


5 posted on 10/04/2010 8:13:06 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 622 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: ventanax5

6 posted on 10/04/2010 8:13:20 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: ventanax5
or the fact that you are betting your life on the reliability of the vehicle

I am willing to start putt-putting along just a foot or two off the ground, until the technology improves wrt safety. I would dress up like the Michelin man and not complain, for the sheer delight of the 21st c Kitty Hawk moment. Just don't burn ma shoes!

7 posted on 10/04/2010 8:13:20 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast ( A window seat, a jug of elderberry wine, and thou.)
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To: ventanax5
FINALLY.

I've been waiting since that afternoon in '62 in Tomorrowland.

8 posted on 10/04/2010 8:16:03 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: ventanax5

I’m in, as long as there’s no TSA screening.


9 posted on 10/04/2010 8:16:03 AM PDT by old3030 (I lost some time once. It's always in the last place you look.)
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To: ventanax5

Swell idea, if you’re one of only a few guys with a jetpack. Put a few thousand of them over any downtown area, though .... it wouldn’t be safe on the sidewalks below.


10 posted on 10/04/2010 8:16:14 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: ventanax5

This thing isn’t really a jetpack so much as it is a compact helicopter. One is supported by ducted fans, not by combusted gases rushing out of a nozzle.

So the burned shoes problem would not be an issue...


11 posted on 10/04/2010 8:17:19 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Anything not about elephants is irrelephant.)
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To: ventanax5
Is it big enough! It looks like a VW engine strapped to to gigantic dixie cut dispensors!


12 posted on 10/04/2010 8:18:13 AM PDT by 1776 Reborn
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To: Red Badger

Looks like a ducted fan, not a jet.


13 posted on 10/04/2010 8:19:08 AM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: ventanax5

second to = two


14 posted on 10/04/2010 8:19:17 AM PDT by 1776 Reborn
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To: All

"Dude, where's my jetpack!?!?"

15 posted on 10/04/2010 8:20:37 AM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: Red Badger

no cup holder?!

forgetaboutit.


16 posted on 10/04/2010 8:22:40 AM PDT by kinsman redeemer (The real enemy seeks to devour what is good.)
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To: avg_freeper

To the average person, it’s a jet.............


17 posted on 10/04/2010 8:28:38 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: kinsman redeemer

18 posted on 10/04/2010 8:30:54 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: Red Badger

Methinks you’d need a couple of engines off a 747 to get THAT off the ground....


19 posted on 10/04/2010 8:32:40 AM PDT by hoagy62 (.)
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To: hoagy62
"Methinks you’d need a couple of engines off a 747 to get THAT off the ground...."

With a heavy duty freight container..

20 posted on 10/04/2010 8:35:46 AM PDT by 1776 Reborn
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To: ventanax5

I take it we are talking VFR only, or IFR(I Follow Roads)


21 posted on 10/04/2010 8:41:04 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

If it crashes do you want to land on asphalt and get hit by a truck, or do you want to fall in trees, grass, or a pool?


22 posted on 10/04/2010 8:45:17 AM PDT by 1776 Reborn
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To: elcid1970
And just what if several hundred thousand of your fellow frustrated commuters strap on their own jet packs and “sky up” at the same time, headed for the same downtown destination? Multiple midair carnage on a horrific scale!

Actually with some sort of computer-managed flight control systems, combined with GPS guidance... it might make flying cars and personal jetpaks actually workable and safe (from a traffic point of view, anyway).

But then again... when I see what the seagulls do to my newly-washed car... it makes me glad that people can't fly.

:-)

23 posted on 10/04/2010 8:51:41 AM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: avg_freeper

Yah... but “ducted-fan-pack” just doesn’t sound right. :-)


24 posted on 10/04/2010 8:53:40 AM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: skeeter
I've been waiting since that afternoon in '62 in Tomorrowland.

I have been waiting since that Astrodome flight in 1965, at a Colts 45 game.

25 posted on 10/04/2010 9:24:39 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: ventanax5

“...you simply throw on your jetpack, terrify a few birds, and make it to work in record time.”

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Absolutely terrific suicide bomber tool. No protection against it. The perfect jihadpack.


26 posted on 10/04/2010 9:24:58 AM PDT by 353FMG (ISLAM will end America's Constitution.)
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To: ventanax5

Put in a ballistic recovery chute and I’m in.


27 posted on 10/04/2010 10:01:07 AM PDT by pt17
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To: pt17

BRS is included.


28 posted on 10/05/2010 7:03:50 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Anything not about elephants is irrelephant.)
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