For centuries, human beings have dreamed of flying. All kinds of daredevils have built devices to fly of their own volition. Not all have worked… and not all their pilots survived. Once inventors figured out they needed a balance between weight, power and aerodynamics they were able to get sufficient lift to stay in the air. Here are a few uplifting inventions worth noting about by some of these ingenious personal air-flight inventors.
The JB-10 is the latest iteration of personal jet packs from JetPack Aviation.
The pack itself is lightweight enough to be carried by a single person and can reportedly fly for up to 10 minutes and reach speeds of 60 mph (96 kph).
Mounted to each side is a small engine that provides upward thrust. The JB-10 uses twin turbo jets which have been specially adapted, reducing the size compared to turbofans, which run cooler and consume less fuel.
Its inventors says it is ‘inherently stable but also capable of very dynamic manoeuvres thanks to our approach to engine vectoring’.
The JB-9 used a carbon-fibre corset that straps to the pilot’s back, with the majority of the ‘backpack’ section carrying fuel.
The Martin jetpack designed as a first response unit for police, fire and ambulance emergency services is set to go on sale, with initial deliveries due by the end of the year.
The aircraft, said to be the first “practical jetpack” of its kind, is built by New Zealand-based firm Martin Aircraft and will have a target price of between $200,000 and $250,000, its chief executive Peter Coker told CNBC.
“Our first target customers are the first responders, which is fire, police, ambulance, border security and natural disaster recovery. So we see how it could be used in any of those areas. The reason being is this is a tactical aircraft. It can fly 74 kilometers per hour, can fly 3,000 feet and has around about a 30-45 minute endurance,” Coker told CNBC at the sidelines of the Dubai Airshow.
After the emergency response, Coker said the pack is also marketed towards the commercial sector including the oil, gas and mining industry as well as farming and agriculture. The jetpack is also suitable for personal use and he hopes to see it used in flying schools.
The Martin jetpack is made out of carbon fiber and comes equipped with a ballistic parachute if the aircraft fails, which is capable of bringing the speed of the pack down below 10 meters per second, making any possible crashes “survivable.”
Iron Man-Like Flight Suit
The new equipment appears to use a jet turbine engine to fly around. It doesn’t seem to need to be attached to anything else, and has a claimed maximum height of 10,000 feet and can fly at nearly 100 miles per hour.
The hoverboard is made by Franky Zapata. He’s the creator of the popular Flyboards that are used at holiday resorts and other places — those use jets of water shooting down to allow their wearer to hover in the air.
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