I do hope there is an electric version in the offing,hahahahahahahahaahahhaahahaha
8th March, 2010 @ 6:02 a.m. (California Time)
Finally, my jet pack is here! (found this on my daily gizmag)
8th March, 2010 @ 11:40 a.m. (California Time)
How much is a model with a passenger seat I wonder? :D
8th March, 2010 @ 2:12 p.m. (California Time)
The Bell Rocket Belt - was a total douche bag marketed to idiots who lapped up the hype with dragging tounges...... \"Oh every soldier on the battle field can have one\" - \"Commuting to work in this\" and \"Ohhhhh blah blah blah blah - a great boon for all man kind - the possibilities are endless\".
Never mind that it takes people in space suits to refuel it with 90% hydrogen peroxide and it\'s 29 second flight times....
And now this?
It\'s really nothing more than a very big expensive pogo stick minus the spring.
\"What?\" I hear the protagonists say.
\"Call me after your first high speed belly landing\" - me thinks.
8th March, 2010 @ 7:27 p.m. (California Time)
I am pretty sure its a 1000 hour overhaul not 100 hour.
8th March, 2010 @ 7:54 p.m. (California Time)
The top photo looks like a twin espresso coffee machine. As regards performance, there will be a big difference in flight time, depending on your weight. I think I might just about be able to lift off the ground. I really must lose some weight! Strangely, I can\'t imagine an electric version of this being at all practical. Sufficient power would just not be available. Battery weight would scupper it.
9th March, 2010 @ 4:51 a.m. (California Time)
I just had a thought. Would a deisel engine give better range? maybe it would be too heavy.
9th March, 2010 @ 4:55 a.m. (California Time)
What a great way to avoid the commuter traffic jams. Fly over their heads and be in work in half the time.
Not that expensive for a brand new product, and I\'m sure it will be down to reasonable levels within 10 years.
9th March, 2010 @ 6 p.m. (California Time)
10th March, 2010 @ 11:21 a.m. (California Time)
I like it! Unlike flying cars, a heavy duty chain link fence over the house will keep that flaming deathtrap from falling through the roof.
10th March, 2010 @ 9:20 p.m. (California Time)
i think a electric version could be possible with non thermal nuclear batteries.
of course it will NOT be available to the public, not with its nuclear batteries, but i think with enough money it can be made.
11th March, 2010 @ 12:20 a.m. (California Time)
Calling this a \"jet-pack\" is a little like calling a Honda Civic a jet car -- \"a 2.0 L V4 2 stroke engine\" is no jet. The fact it qualifies under Ultralight regulations is fascinating; since the rotors serve as airfoils, I wonder how the FAA actually classifies this. Having a pair of spinning scimitars rotating at high RPMs a few inches from my neck would make me a bit nervous. :-)
11th March, 2010 @ 8:14 a.m. (California Time)
personal jet packs are great, but what i really want to know is where are they with getting teleports to market?
12th March, 2010 @ 6:40 a.m. (California Time)
OK,V4 2 stroke-sounds like a converted outboard engine,possibly direct injected. You need something like that in this application for it\'s power to weight ratio,or you\'d have no useful endurance at all. But if he wants to go another step,the plated Wankels that are slated for the Moller Air Car would be a better option. Actually,I seem to recall that a similar vehicle using them has been looked at already.
Clever little dicks some of these Kiwi\'s, check out the late great John Britten\'s V twin Race bikes-possibly the only Motorcycle I\'d ever have unprotected sex with.
12th March, 2010 @ 5:05 p.m. (California Time)
Impressive achievement. However, given the relatively high thrust capacity of this machine, perhaps an integral folding or delta wing would enable that thrust to vastly increase it\'s speed and range by allowing for conversion to horizontal flight at altitude.
Sort of Yves Rossy meets Glen Martin....
That is the logical progression for this device.
14th March, 2010 @ 3:09 p.m. (California Time)
BITCHEN TECHNOLOGY...I Mean dump turbines and put the mini reactor and power that baby with electricity....loose the fat and make it real. I\'d still buy one even if its not
much on the practical side. sure would be fun on a summer day. I bet my banker has one for him and his kids.
15th March, 2010 @ 6:18 a.m. (California Time)
I agree with gragraposker, the Moller rotapower engine would be a better choice from a weight, power and flyt endurance perspective at 160 HP in a 68.8 lb package you could be airbourne little while longer. However with 1500 degree exhaust gases, you have to add heat shields between the exhaust ports and the pilot, sacrificing a little weight for a reduction in third degree burns...
15th March, 2010 @ 12:58 p.m. (California Time)
Re richiej615\'s concerns about the 1500 deg\' celcius exhaust from the Mollers Wankels if used in this style of backpac device. I\'m not as concerned as the exhaust gases would logically exit in the centre of the thrust shower-and therefore be insulated in that short distance between the exhaust manifold and the side of the craft and pilot. I mean it has to exit there because the engine causes a thrust shadow below it,and the exhaust helps fill that low pressure area in to reduce efficiency robbing swirling in the thrust shower.
Think of how a modern high bypass jet engine helps reduce noise compared to old style jet motors.It does it by blowing cold waste thrust around the engine nacel from it\'s extra large first stage fan.
17th March, 2010 @ 10:48 p.m. (California Time)
This design is maybe stable, but ultimately too bulky. One can not fit it into an average garage, because it would hit the ceiling, neither it can fit into the back of the van. Since it certainly makes horrendous amount of noise, one has to be well outside any urban areas both for take of and lending. That means that you need to arrange for transportation to taking off area first.
Otherwise it is the best looking one so far. It is really nicely designed. But one would be not able to smoke a tobacco cigarette, because it can lit up fuel or it would be extinguished by wind. Only an electronic cigarette, like gamucci electronic would do it, because it is not affected by wind and it doesn\'t create flame, so it can not set up the kerosene on fire.
25th March, 2010 @ 5:05 a.m. (California Time)
Heh, can I carry a twenty pound weight with me if I don\'t weigh enough to fly one!
26th March, 2010 @ 10:53 p.m. (California Time)
technology is a one big adventure. same as Gamucci Micro
30th March, 2010 @ 8:48 a.m. (California Time)
31st March, 2010 @ 2:58 a.m. (California Time)
cant we put a Jirnoff gas turbine in it? It has high efficiency than the 2 stroker? size is about the same. runs on any fossil fuel.
13th April, 2010 @ 11:21 p.m. (California Time)
Moller\'s rotory engines are the lightest to horsepower of any I know, however, witht he advancements of brushless dc motors for rc planes and the up and coming advancement on lithum batteries it will be plausible to have ducted fan packs smaller than this one. THey have a three horsepower motor that will fit inside an orange. They just need the right size. does anyone know horsepower to thrust ratios? I believe I read 1 horsepower can make 10 pounds of thrust reliably. But also 12 and 22 pounds under different circumstances such as the use of larger helicopter blades. Two ten horse brushless motors would still be small, develope perhaps 240 pounds of lift in a rig that weighs 40 pounds? I think it is concievable. Wade.
16th June, 2010 @ 10:15 p.m. (California Time)
Where do i buy this
11th September, 2010 @ 9:25 p.m. (California Time)
I will definitely get one, however, I may wait until the second generation to make sure the bugs are worked out.
11th October, 2010 @ 9:32 a.m. (California Time)
This jetpack can be yours for $100,000
It\'s actually Available! MSN.com 11/18/2010
Saw the article. First we had to watch out for bad drivers. This can get scary; or fun.
19th November, 2010 @ 6:45 p.m. (California Time)
Someone is confused...shouldn\'t it be Pistonpack?
18th January, 2011 @ 11:24 p.m. (California Time)
Think of arriving at a highschool reunion in one of these! Touchdown in a tux, unstrap, and head over to the former prom queen (who\'s gained 50 pounds and married the captain of the football team, who maxed his career at the assembly plant in the late 80\'s). Whisper in her ear, you could have had me! Then wake up from your dream because you\'re an out-of-work actor, barely able to support yourself in NYC.
25th January, 2011 @ 8:42 p.m. (California Time)
To fix the name issue call it a THRUSTER-PACK.It WILL fit in your garage its not even 6\' tall.I am surprised they chose a v4 as well other than if its a marine conversion it will have great reliability. I designed one that uses 4 jet-turbine driven ducted fans but I don\'t have the $60,000 to build it. The RC version worked though so the concept is valid.
18th February, 2011 @ 7:19 a.m. (California Time)
@ Bear n Camo : Do it with Rotax driven ducteds,and in a cheaper skin like epoxy and plywood, Proof of concept.... and look for the Angel Investor of your dreams.
23rd February, 2011 @ 1:12 p.m. (California Time)
This is what I\'m talkin\' about....What a great machine. Have you checked out the small jet engines use for remote control airplanes and helicopters ? There is on that produces 150 lbs of thrust. Four or these ( two on each side) would do a great job, have a better to forward velocity and climb rate. It could also operate at high altitude like in the mountains above 6,000 feet. 600 lbs of thrust on a 250lbs machine and 170 lbs pilot would work like a champ. I know it would use alot of fuel and the TBO may be more often but the preformance would be stunning.
16th March, 2011 @ 6:40 p.m. (California Time)
Yaay! I\'m buying two, and bolting them to each end of my motorcycle. ooh extended tanks! Wow, a forward facing .50 cal!
6th October, 2011 @ 8:17 p.m. (California Time)
This is great, i believe flying is no longer dedicated to birds and airplanes....
م. سامي سرحان
13th June, 2012 @ 3:12 a.m. (California Time)
$86K USD? or NZD? At those quantities, it makes a difference to me.
1st October, 2012 @ 12:02 p.m. (California Time)
This is every little boys dreams I would love to waddle into the gas station with one of these.
27th November, 2013 @ 4:08 p.m. (California Time)
what is the speed during the 30 minutes of flight time?
10th January, 2014 @ 9:09 a.m. (California Time)
This can hardly be called a "jetpack" due to its size. Juice up the power a bit, shift the cg back a little, add a simple, sloping horizontal T-bar and plastic seat for the pilot to sit back on, raise his legs and rest his feet, and a bare-bones, lightweight composite canopy. Voila! The first working, "practical" and personal VTOL aircraft.
12th July, 2015 @ 11:58 a.m. (California Time)