GEEKERY: I’m a Rocket Man!

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Strap a jetplane on your back and get ready to go… this trip is a must see!

“I truly believe that flying is a part of my DNA. Even as a pilot, flying military and civilian aircrafts, I always had a dream of flying free in the open skies, because that is where you can truly be free… I want to make possible what humans have only been dreaming of and I believe that Dubai provides the right environment and infrastructure for me to achieve this.”

– Yves Rossy

 

With inflatable wing panels and jet propulsion he flies at 200km/h over The City of Gold…

Check out his TED talk to learn more about the gear…

More? Ask Yves, and his protege Vince, anything on their website!

If you had access to this tech where would you fly?

  • Commissar Molotov

    That’s not a proper stormboy!

    • Tynskel

      Yeah, needs a choppa!

  • I have horrible visions of tons of soldiers wearing these kiling on land, Sea and air. Cant see them being used any other way sadly.

    • chip6793

      This guy has had this flying Wong for years! I believe this is actually his second rendition.

      That being said, what you don’t see is that there is t that much flying time, only about 7 – 10 mins… although the military could use it for insertions, it is also very loud, so no sneaking in.

      In addition to that, anything on the wings would throw out the weight distribution and give it hassles while flying it..

      So at least for now, no military application.

      • If I remember correctly the time he crossed the Channel with that thing, the flying time is more between 10-15 min. That and he has to actually jump from a plane or a chopper, then activate his wings.

        Any military application for this is not worth the cost it would take to improve the cargo capacity (because right now I thing all he can take as cargo is a parachute and maybe his car keys). a good chopper full of soldier (or full or guns) would probably do a better job than a squad of guys equipped with this.

      • Key Word: for now

        • Guv’nor

          All technology started at a base level. I love progress and to see a mans dream come true is always great

          • Me too. Unfortunately I read way to much history and know that, sadly, it will be weaponized asap if it hasnt already been. Dont get me wrong, its really really awesome, I just cant get by that part in my mind.

          • Damistar

            1. Lighten up and just enjoy the guys brilliance. He created something really cool.
            2. Take comfort in that the deadlier war gets, the less nations are willing to engage in it.

  • Erik Wiseman

    Eh. COBRA had these a long time ago! http://www.yojoe.com/vehicles/84/claw/

  • Ben

    Pshtt… they need better helmets…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laLKv_pUqPo