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    Traffic gridlock after Wellington earthquake ?
    Coming to a capital near you !

    Jetpack firm ready for IPO blast-off




    www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/9031815/Jetpack-firm-ready-for-IPO-blast-off

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    Quote Originally Posted by speights boy View Post
    Traffic gridlock after Wellington earthquake ?
    Coming to a capital near you !

    Jetpack firm ready for IPO blast-off
    I am so going to sell a rental and buy one of those! LOL

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    Yeah unfortunately those things will never get off the ground (boom boom).

    The latest version flies slower and for less time than the previous one and they're calling it a huge step forward.

    They have a number of problems such as what happens when things go wrong at say 200 feet? You die because the parachute can't deploy fast enough.

    Or what happens if a blade craps out and flies through the side of one of the fans?

    And so on.

    They just bring out these press releases every so often to get more money.
    Squadly dinky do!

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    It as a similar logo to Aston Martin - that can't be allowed!

    cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davo36 View Post
    Yeah unfortunately those things will never get off the ground (boom boom).
    They started off as a strap-on jet pack which had some appeal.
    But this looks like an aircraft that you climb on to.
    Why not have a small one-man helicoptor?

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    Why not have a small one-man helicoptor?
    Well I guess those have already been invented, so Martin can't build one of those and stand out?

    Helicopters are actually much safer because if the engine fails or something, you can still glide down to the ground using autorotation - the blades keep spinning for ages under their own momentum.
    Squadly dinky do!

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    Is it momentum that spins those blades? Can't see it. However, there's an idea for Martins.
    Collapsed blades that spring out at the first sign of trouble, as long as you're not upside down
    or have the parachute deployed.
    The remote controlled version could be very useful anyway.
    Would I be game to fly one? Yes, if they'd let me.

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    That is true Davo, but helicopters still have avoid curves.

    An engine failure in the shaded regions is unlikely to allow a successful autorotation.
    That is why - if possible- they accelerate quickly after lift off prior to gaining altitude.
    Not always possible of course.


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    Interesting graphic Speightsy.

    I forgot you were (are?) an airman.

    That's quite scary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davo36 View Post
    Well I guess those have already been invented, so Martin can't build one of those and stand out?

    Helicopters are actually much safer because if the engine fails or something, you can still glide down to the ground using autorotation - the blades keep spinning for ages under their own momentum.
    So that's the fundamental flaw that the Martin can't overcome.
    I guess if it was possible to build then someone would have done it by now - possibly the US military.
    The way drones have developed there is no need for the Martin one-man jet pack these days.
    I wonder what the investors expect to make?


 

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