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Parrothead
2008-Sep-23, 08:28 PM
This looks interesting to check out, though airing it the day after the fact may be counter productive. ;)

Jetman English Channel (http://www.history.ca/ontv/titledetails.aspx?titleid=152290)

Odds of it being along the lines of Evel Kneival's Snake River attempt? I figure I'll tune in regardless.

Larry Jacks
2008-Sep-23, 09:42 PM
While the flight is challenging, I'd give him much better odds than Evel Kneival's stunt. For one thing, he has been refining both his craft and his skills for years. AFAIK, Kneival's Snake River attempt was the first and only flight attempt of his steam rocket. Yves Rossy is a highly skilled and experienced pilot. If anyone can do it anytime soon, it'd be him. Man, that rig sure looks like fun.

Lianachan
2008-Sep-23, 10:14 PM
I automatically thought you meant this guy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_Jetman).

Parrothead
2008-Sep-26, 01:14 PM
Delayed due to weather, but the crossing was completed today. Neat stuff. :)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7637327.stm

Larry Jacks
2008-Sep-26, 01:55 PM
The video isn't all that interesting but it still looks like a lot of fun. I'd love to see him put on a demonstration at Oshkosh next year. He'd get a great reception.

eric_marsh
2008-Sep-26, 05:02 PM
That is seriously cool.

http://afp.google.com/media/ALeqM5iaAjRs8e1EA1LsNqfyFn2TROtkZg?size=m

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article4832569.ece

torque of the town
2008-Sep-26, 05:18 PM
Check out the motors he uses, JETCAT P200 they are designed for Model Aircraft amazing pieces of kit!!

Larry Jacks
2008-Sep-26, 05:49 PM
From what I've read, he controls it with the position of his hands, feet, and perhaps even his head. It apparently isn't all that easy to fly and requires a lot of skill. He makes it look easy but then the great ones always do.

Jay200MPH
2008-Sep-26, 06:52 PM
That is seriously cool.

http://afp.google.com/media/ALeqM5iaAjRs8e1EA1LsNqfyFn2TROtkZg?size=m

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article4832569.ece

That is the most thouroughly bats**t insane contraption I've ever seen. And now I want one. Holy crap I want one bad.

- J

JohnD
2008-Sep-26, 09:07 PM
Here is Yves Rossy's own website: http://www.fusionman.ch/prod/index.html
Enjoy!
It's very up to date, but no video of the Channel crossing yet.
John

KaiYeves
2008-Sep-26, 09:31 PM
Awesomeness!

mugaliens
2008-Sep-26, 09:39 PM
Yes, cool.

Not very original, though.

Buzz Lightyear sort of "been there, did that."

http://www.allaboardtoys.com/images/PRODUCT/medium/toy-story-toys-deluxe-electronic-star-squad-buzz-lightyear.jpg

Larry Jacks
2008-Sep-26, 09:54 PM
Buzz Lightyear didn't fly, he fell with style! He doesn't even have any jet engines on his wings. However, he might've been the inspiration for Yves Rossy's rig.

I want one of them SOOOOO bad! It'd probably be the world's most elaborate suicide if I tried to fly it but still...

bunker9603
2008-Sep-26, 10:19 PM
I just watched the video on the fusionman website and that is totally insane! (In a good way!) I would love to try that just one time.

JohnD
2008-Sep-26, 10:28 PM
Isn't it good?
Do you like the way the wing tips fold out as he exits the 'drop ship'?

JOhn

bunker9603
2008-Sep-26, 10:40 PM
Isn't it good?
Do you like the way the wing tips fold out as he exits the 'drop ship'?

JOhn

It is awesome. I bet it was a tad scary the first time he jumped out wondering if the tips were going to deploy completely.

Parrothead
2008-Sep-27, 02:47 AM
History Channel (Canada) had an hour and a half long show surrounding the flight, starting at 7 am EDT this (Friday) morning. There were clips showing early flight and wind tunnel testing of the wing, clips giving a history of Rossy's career, footage of them climbing aboard the plane and flight (too bad the camera onboard the wing didn't work), landing and his answering some questions following the flight. Interesting stuff. :)

A similar show may have aired on National Geographic Channel elsewhere, as they were one of the sponsors of the event.

jamesabrown
2008-Sep-27, 04:36 PM
Buzz Lightyear didn't fly, he fell with style! He doesn't even have any jet engines on his wings. However, he might've been the inspiration for Yves Rossy's rig.

I want one of them SOOOOO bad! It'd probably be the world's most elaborate suicide if I tried to fly it but still...

My son had one of those fourteen-inch tall Buzz Lightyears, and there were definitely a pair of engine exhausts on the bottom of his pack, just above his buttocks (yow--asbestos underwear?).

Why he needed wings for space travel (see Toy Story II for the only example of his jetpack in action) I don't know.

I definitely want one of Rossy's packs. I've got a commute that's about as long as the English Channel, and I'd love to polish it off in just a few minutes. I suppose I'd need a helicopter to take me to 8,000 feet first, but them's are just details.

Neverfly
2008-Sep-27, 08:29 PM
Why he needed wings for space travel (see Toy Story II for the only example of his jetpack in action) I don't know.


Launch and return. Planets have atmospheres.

JustAFriend
2008-Sep-28, 01:29 AM
Check out the motors he uses, JETCAT P200 they are designed for Model Aircraft amazing pieces of kit!!

Yup. I'm also an R/C flyer and was going to point this out.

It's amazing how far the micro turbojets have come in the last 10-15 years.

Biggest one I've seen so far is the UK B-52 HERE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeBNQtBFbKI) (that unfortunately crashed in another video...)

mugaliens
2008-Sep-28, 03:22 AM
I suppose I'd need a helicopter to take me to 8,000 feet first, but them's are just details.

Nah. You just have to run real fast. Like 120 mph...

Nicolas
2008-Sep-28, 07:47 AM
I couldn't see it well on my laptop, but how did the wingtips fold out? Unless he fell back first, it appears to me that the wingtips would have to fold out completely against the airflow... Did they? If so, using what mechanism/power source? Just pulling a rope really hard or something?

Considering the insanity of this adventure, there's two things that made this attempt not insane: he practiced first, and he had a parachute. Of course he's a daredevil, but no redneck.

Ronald Brak
2008-Sep-28, 08:43 AM
So that's where my jetpack went.

torque of the town
2008-Sep-28, 11:28 AM
Yup. I'm also an R/C flyer and was going to point this out.

It's amazing how far the micro turbojets have come in the last 10-15 years.
Biggest one I've seen so far is the UK B-52 HERE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeBNQtBFbKI) (that unfortunately crashed in another video...)


Are you old enough to remember "jetex" motors??........I am:sad:

Larry Jacks
2008-Sep-28, 12:41 PM
Are you old enough to remember "jetex" motors??........I am

Me, too. Somehow, compared to those modern model airplane jet engines, a jetex engine is, well, less than overwhelming. I wasn't even whelmed when they were new.

torque of the town
2008-Sep-28, 01:06 PM
Are you old enough to remember "jetex" motors??........I am

Me, too. Somehow, compared to those modern model airplane jet engines, a jetex engine is, well, less than overwhelming. I wasn't even whelmed when they were new.



Me neither!

jamesabrown
2008-Sep-29, 01:49 PM
Launch and return. Planets have atmospheres.

True, but he had his wings extended in space. Apparently, 'wings = flight' no matter where a Space Ranger may be flying.

Neverfly
2008-Sep-29, 03:17 PM
True, but he had his wings extended in space. Apparently, 'wings = flight' no matter where a Space Ranger may be flying.

Solar Wind.

jamesabrown
2008-Sep-29, 03:23 PM
Solar Wind.

Hee. Good answer. Those aren't wings, they're magnetic sails!

Neverfly
2008-Sep-29, 03:28 PM
Hee. Good answer. Those aren't wings, they're magnetic sails!

Do not mess with me for my brain is big and my attitude is bad.


And sometimes I exaggerate.