A UK entrepreneur takes flight by attaching miniature jet engines to his limbs

A YouTube collection of grainy video clips highlights the progress Gravity founder Richard Browning has made toward his outlandish dream over the past year. Each seems more terrifying than the last, with multiple jet engines attached to his limbs in various configurations, as he hovers a few feet from the ground.

The press material attached to the announcement heralds the oil trader turned entrepreneur as a real life Iron Man, but it’s hard to shake the feeling that you’re watching some sort of backyard mad scientist, a few moments away from the world’s most dangerous Jack Ass stunt. Browning acknowledges how downright alarming the footage of the Daedelus rig appears, but shakes off any notion that he’s actually in danger at any point during the three-and-a-half minute package.

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Martin Aircraft commercial jetpack is scheduled to arrive in 2014

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Martin Aircraft claims it will have a jetpack ready for sale starting next year. NPR talked with Martin Aircraft CEO Peter Coker to get the details on the jetpack, which is expected to fly as high as 8,000 feet and hit ground speeds of 35 miles per hour. Unfortunately, it’s a bit big to call a pack and it’s not technically a jet, but let’s not bother ourselves with semantics when the future is at our doorstep. (Video)

 

 

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New Zealand Inventor Readies “Jetski For the Skies” That Could Revolutionize Aviation

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The jetpack is expected to be commercially available in the next 18 months.

New Zealand inventor Glenn Martin aims to have his “jetski for the skies” on the market within 18 months.  He has created  a jetpack suitable for everyday use by ordinary people with no specialist pilot training. (video)

 

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How Would NASA Rescue an Astronaut Who Floated Away From the ISS

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International Space Station

It’s never happened, and NASA feels confident that it never will. For one thing, astronauts generally don’t float free. Outside the ISS, they’re always attached to the spacecraft with a braided steel tether, which has a tensile strength of 1,100 pounds. If it’s a two-person spacewalk, oftentimes the astronauts are also hooked to each other.

 

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Commute Through the Skies with the First Commercial Jetpack

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The world’s first factory making space-age JET PACKS is going into production.

It is the perfect way for city high-fliers to miss the morning rush hour. A company is set to produce the first commercial JETPACKS – and one could be yours for just £50,000.  The traffic jam-beating packs will be manufactured after a multi-million pound deal was signed with an international aircraft company this week.  (Video)

 

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E-Bay User Selling Chances To Test-Pilot Jetpack

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My eBay – selling: one jetpack. One careful owner. Easy to control. Ejector-seat-equipped Aston Martin and secret underground lair sold separately. Serious bids only.  The Martin Jetpack – technically a ducted fan pack, rather than a true jetpack – is the brainchild of New Zealand engineer Glenn Martin.

 

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Martin Jetpack Refined

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Remember that Martin “Jetpack” that was making the rounds last summer? The twin-fanned flier wasn’t quite ready to take to the skies, hovering just a couple of feet off the ground, and always with two especially attentive attendants walking alongside, ready to snag it if something went awry. Continue reading… “Martin Jetpack Refined”

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The Martin JetPack at Oshkosh 2008

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 Next generation SoloTrek

A public debut of the Martin ducted-fan powered “JetPack” at AirVenture Oshkosh, 2008. According to the designers, this jetpack can fly for 30 minutes before refueling. Second video after the jump.

 

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