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08-29-2012, 03:25 AM
How cool are jetpacks?


08-29-2012, 05:12 AM
Whatever you embedded isn't working for me. But Kick Ass (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8nSmiwC_V4) had a pretty badass jetpack.

Also, who else loved The Rocketeer (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102803/) growing up?

08-29-2012, 05:15 AM
I use to rent that movie all the time. For a bad movie it was surprisingly good.

08-29-2012, 05:16 AM
Fixed the video, whoops. Jetpacks are really the coolest shit. Haven't seen The Rocketeer; gonna have to watch it now!

08-29-2012, 05:20 AM
I don't even remember many details about The Rocketeer anymore because I was so young when I saw it last, but I know it had a guy flying around in a jetpack defeating Nazis. And really, what else could you ask for in a movie?

I want to watch it again now, if only for the nostalgia factor.

08-29-2012, 05:22 AM
That really has the makings of a smash hit success. Nazis, jetpacks and from the cover, a love story. Bingo.

08-29-2012, 06:08 AM
Dakoda, what did you just make me watch. It was hilarious but I think I missed the point because of all the weird shit.

I remember liking The Rocketeer, but like Wesley I don't really remember much of the details! Jet packs are awesome and I want one.

08-29-2012, 11:54 AM
But in real life jetpacks would just burn our asses off.

08-29-2012, 12:21 PM
I thought that dude in the video was Jiro! lol.

08-29-2012, 03:20 PM
I want one of those water jetpacks so I can pretend I'm a dolphin.

08-29-2012, 05:49 PM
Rocketeer kicked my brain's @$$ growing up. I was so consumed.

Older now. Jetpacks the stupid. Iron Man armor pwns!

08-29-2012, 06:15 PM
San Andreas kindled my love, Halo Reach killed it.

08-29-2012, 06:51 PM
I think a jetpack would be the death of me and many others. Humans are not meant to use these things. Can you imagine Oprah strapping on one? If it is not meant for Oprah, what chance do the rest of us have?

08-29-2012, 09:34 PM
Oprah could sink anything. *snap*

08-29-2012, 10:21 PM
jetpacks are pretty cool

If I ever win a class action lawsuit, I'm gonna fly around the parking lot of my office with a jetpack and bottle of moderately priced champagne like Barney from Deep Space Homer.

08-31-2012, 03:58 AM
I would rather have a jet bike to be honest. Yes a Jet Bike means finding somewhere to park it but a jet bike does mean faster and with less risk of setting fire to yourself with rocket fuel.

08-31-2012, 05:07 AM
Who's to say it's faster?

08-31-2012, 05:26 AM
Larger vehicle = more space for fuel = more fuel for greater acceleration..? :confused:

08-31-2012, 07:00 AM
I posted an article about a working Jet bike back on my facebook wall some time ago. Yes, it was on IGN lol. (http://uk.ign.com/articles/2012/08/21/star-wars-speeder-bikes-the-real-deal)

Now the article in the above link says that the bikes have been tested at speeds of around 30mph that's 26.07 knots. It also states that one of the jet bikes can fly at speeds comparable to a helicopter. So I did a bit of quick Googling...

Without diving into a lesson on helicopter aerodynamics (eeek!!!!), let's just say that there are a number of factors that limit the speed of any helicopter and various ingenious inventions have appeared to try and overcome them.

With the technological advances we have seen over the last 25 years, it's fair to say that the average, modern-day helicopter will probably cruise somewhere between 120 knots (222kph / 138mph) and 140 knots (260kph / 161mph).

However, the fastest helicopter remains the Westland Lynx . . . which set the helicopter speed record on 11th Aug 1986 (yeah - 21 years ago!!) It flew at a speed of 216 knots (400.87kph / 249.1mph) in level flight - something that has still not been beaten.

Here's my Lynx flying video - enjoy! Blue Eagle Westland Lynx @ Red Bull Air Race, London, Jul 07 - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSilC8fjYUQ)
I'm a Lynx Pilot!

I'd say that's pretty spectacularly accurate since the guy posted sources and is claiming he flies them for a living. Now, he's saying the average helicopter flies at around 120 knots (138 MPH) - 140 knots (161 MPH) so essentially one of these jetbikes in my link would be capable of flight at these speeds. Now consider ease of steering, comfort involved and the fact that whilst the speed may be lower than that of a rocket pack if you were to accelerate from 10000ft - ground level that we are talking about a VTOL bike what doesn't require a parachute for a safe landing or a plane to get it up to height. If we're talking the sort of Jetpack a-la James Bond or Kick Ass then we're talking about a VTOL unit which would not maintain a high speed for long due to the lack of fuel it would carry and also the restrictions of the human body.

Therefore if we factor re-fuelling stops and distance travelled in to the equation I would definitely argue that my jet bike has a far superior speed and range to your jet packs.

08-31-2012, 07:03 AM
It was probably there in the link somewhere (or maybe I missed it in your post) but did you indicate how fast an actual jetpack has been theorized to travel.

08-31-2012, 07:07 AM
I didn't do research on that but it appears with a quick google search that: The "Martin Jetpack" will do an estimated 60mph or 52 knots at an altitude of 8000 ft and fly for 30 mins on a fuel tank load. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Jetpack)