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August 2nd, 2006 - Adventures in Engineering
The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-08-02 00:29
  Subject:   More things we were supposed to have here in our brave 21st century future: Jetpacks
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  Mood:complaining cause I'm jealous
  Music:Roxette - Crash, Boom, Bang!


Rick Herron, creator of Skywalker Jets, has devised a rocket pack that weighs about 90 pounds and can propel a 200 pound pilot around the air for what is likely the most invigorating 5 minutes of their life. The crazy part is this thing actually works, and it doesn't get your backside all crispy in the process. Rick plans on producing a finalized model that has a range of about 4 miles and includes a GPS unit integrated into a HUD showing flight time and engine information among other things.

http://www.engadget.com/2006/07/31/skywalker-jet-packs-in-development/

http://www.skywalkerjets.com/


I still say this guy needs to learn what a bypass turbine design is. I also envy him his deep pockets - The original pack was made from eight "AT-450" model aircraft turbines made by American Micro Turbine, at a cost of only $4800 each! Hm, eight turbines to power this jetpack. I'm reminded of section 2.3 of RFC 1925...

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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-08-02 04:59
  Subject:   Friends list add and cull.
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Welcome to some new friends!

dpcfmander
jameshroberts
iiradned


And I culled a bunch of LJ's that haven't had posts in more than 6 months. If I culled you mistakenly, reply here and I'll add you back.


As for the icon? How could I resist...
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