Skip to comments.Martin Aircraft’s commercial jetpack looks to take flight
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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Pray to God that the gyro doesn’t crap out...
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!
How many suicide belts could a lightly built terrorist carry?
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!
I've been waiting since that afternoon in '62 in Tomorrowland.
I’m in, as long as there’s no TSA screening.
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.
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...
Looks like a ducted fan, not a jet.
second to = two
"Dude, where's my jetpack!?!?"
no cup holder?!
To the average person, it’s a jet.............
Methinks you’d need a couple of engines off a 747 to get THAT off the ground....
With a heavy duty freight container..
I take it we are talking VFR only, or IFR(I Follow Roads)
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?
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.
Yah... but “ducted-fan-pack” just doesn’t sound right. :-)
I have been waiting since that Astrodome flight in 1965, at a Colts 45 game.
“...you simply throw on your jetpack, terrify a few birds, and make it to work in record time.”
Absolutely terrific suicide bomber tool. No protection against it. The perfect jihadpack.
Put in a ballistic recovery chute and I’m in.
BRS is included.
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