Man flies new jetpack around the Statue of Liberty


#1

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#2

How can you have a jet pack and NOT dress up like Boba Fett! It is like having sex with your clothes still on. I just don’t get it…


#3

I assume this was a permitted flight because he wasn’t shot out of the sky.


#4

I like him, very much.


#5

A bit disappointed that the “over Manhattan” bit apparently meant “over water, at about the same height of those novelty water jetpacks with a hose attached”, but still pretty cool.


#6

That’s rather tempting, when one is testing a flight system which probably has five minutes or less of fuel!

They look incredibly fun, but they are awfully impractical for anything beyond a brief display.


#7

Because he didn’t want to screw it up and crash.


#8

Having sex with your Boba Fett costume on is okay, right?

Maybe not while flying.

Just use that grapple-thingie across the bedroom this time, okay sweetie?


#9

If shes into that, yeah, sure…


#10

My assumption is that it needs a certain amount of pushback from whatever surface you’re hovering over. I could be wrong, but…


#11

Not sure if that’s really at play here though. He seemed at least 30 feet up, and that would seem well out of ground effect range.

Also, I think he flew over water so that if he fell out of the sky he wouldn’t die.


#12

Seems to me he would still stand a pretty good chance of dying even if he landed in the river strapped to that jet pack. It doesn’t look too floaty to me, if you know what I mean.


#13

Ground Effect (as I recall) wouldn’t play in here, as it requires forward motion (as well as lift-generating structures). This flight displays neither.
It looks to be a “simple” matter of thrust vs weight (with the thrust, here, winning).


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#15

Here comes the coast guard, He’s not wearing his PFD for gods sake!


#16

No, it’s using two vectored jet engines, and it claims to be able to go up to 10,000 feet, although this doesn’t seem to have been tested yet…

A much more in-depth article here.


#17

uh. Icarus anyone?


#18

Nonsense. He must have hit a shallow reef or something.


#19

Well, technically, Liberty Island is in the borough of Manhattan. But actually, most of the time he was flying over what is jurisdictionally New Jersey.


#20

Handy to get to work, but not sure about getting back. There’s nowhere to buy kerosene around there.