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Australian Electric Copterpack Makes a Gorgeous Flight

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posted on Jun, 9 2021 @ 01:45 PM
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.


posted on Jun, 9 2021 @ 02:12 PM
Seems I remember a one man flyer with a large propeller that went below the feet. But either way it looks like you're in a flying Ginsu knive set.

posted on Jun, 9 2021 @ 02:23 PM
The only bad thing is the landing gear is pretty fragile.

posted on Jun, 9 2021 @ 04:40 PM
a reply to: anzha

Ummm…OMG…I want one…

Scratch that…

I want two


posted on Jun, 9 2021 @ 09:16 PM
Pretty cool, but this one looks like the ticket to me


posted on Jun, 11 2021 @ 04:45 PM
a reply to: underpass61

Looks cute but I remember the Elio. I hope the ejection seat is a standard option.

posted on Jun, 12 2021 @ 03:40 AM
Even at the relatively low height, he still got high enough to drop like a stone to his death.

One dodgy connection and game over.

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