Small scale, even personal flight has been a dream for a long time. The misnamed jet packs of the 60s and the comics of generations before - The
Rocketeer! - have shown people flying without the need for aircraft per se. The limitations have always been about the power needed to stay aloft.
That hasn't stopped folks from building real jetpacks with the mini jet engines used by modelers. Zapata and others have been flying around for a
bit now. The Aussies seem to want to get in on the act.
In what looks like someone strapped a drone to their back, the CopterPack has flown:
I imagine, based on the size of the battery pack, it doesn't have a great flight duration. OTOH, it does appear to fly pretty well.
Some close ups:
While awesome, I can see how this could end very, very badly.
I'd be very, very tempted to try. It looks far cheaper than the jetcat based ones. OTOH, man, scary long pork sushi makers.
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