Ben Cantrick (mackys) wrote,
Ben Cantrick
mackys

  • Mood:
  • Music:

More things we were supposed to have here in our brave 21st century future: Jetpacks



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...

(See also.)
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 11 comments