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    Default This would make for a fun commute.

    Just saw this on DRB.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...jet-packs.html
    I want one.
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    Default Re: This would make for a fun commute.

    i want one, but i wouldn't call it a jet pack or anything close to that.

    a jet pack, in my mind must be actual jets and be a bit larger then a normal backpack.

    also that style of flying machine has be done so many times, i see no reason for it to catch on all of a sudden.
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    Default Re: This would make for a fun commute.

    didnt mythbusters re-create this exact machine.... and have it fail horribly?
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    Default Re: This would make for a fun commute.

    Just because mythbusters failed, doesn't mean that they can't do it.
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    Default Re: This would make for a fun commute.

    The makers don't call it a jet pack. Jet packs typically have a flight time measured in seconds this thing has a 30 mile range and 30 min flight time . It also goes quite a bit higher than any jet pack so far has. As far as Mythbusters goes, yes they built something similar but used an already available engine (small) and it was rather heavy. I looked at the web site and they designed the engine from scratch and it's a V4 with 2l displacement.
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    Default Re: This would make for a fun commute.

    I've seen a few different companies who have made similar things; still pretty awesome. It's more of a small ducted helicopter than a jetpack, but whatever, it's still a load of fun from what I hear.
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    Default Re: This would make for a fun commute.

    I'll be waiting for version 2.0 or 3.0...

    Just like cars break down in unpredictable fashions after continuous usage, leading to recalls, I'm sure these will go through several recall and redevelopment phases after hundreds of people are injured/killed in them.
    I'll procrastinate tomorrow.

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    Default Re: This would make for a fun commute.

    While this one is fairly new (July last year), the concept has been around for a while. Most notably, the SoloTrek XFV, while was first flown in 2001, and then developed into the Springtail EFV, which was first flown in 2003. The current model, the EFV-4B, is a much more impressive machine than the one in the OP (smaller, faster, longer range, higher ceiling, all with a less powerful motor, though it is heavier), though I think it is rather more expensive...I seem to remember seeing a quote somewhere in the $250,000 neighborhood.
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    i want two, one for weekdays and one for weekends!


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    Default Re: This would make for a fun commute.

    I'd hate to have one of these things fail above me while I'm on the freeway and have a guy with that 250lb pack land on my car.
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