Swiss inventor and pilot Yves Rossy has successfully flown a new version of his jet-powered rocket over Lake Geneva with a total flight time of 18 minutes before landing.
How do those turbines compare to something like this? http://www.jetcatusa.com/p200.html
Is it really just a matter of having 30k and the balls to pull something like this off?
edit: It is those turbines exactly, it looks like.
Hell, if I had those 3 qualities (I don't even have one), I would drop the 30k without a question.
Jetman also helps rationalize government funding for things like space, Moon, and Mars exploration. I know that I will never have the constitution to strap on a jetpack like Jetman. But I'm able to vicariously experience a (vanishingly) small fraction of the thrill just by watching him do so, just like I'm able to experience a small fraction of the joy of walking on the Moon by watching the Apollo astronauts.
- Swiss Air Force pilot
- Captain with Swiss International Air Lines on commercial flights on Boeing and Airbus airliners
- All free time dedicated to flight and experimentation
- 5 years of rigorous training and practice with a working prototype
Edit: Parachute. Of course.