June 26, 2019
One step closer to the Imperium of Man.
A design student has demonstrated the world’s fastest jet pack which can reach speeds of 50mph (80km/h) and climb to an altitude of 10,000 feet.
Sam Rogers, 23, from Loughborough University, created the suit, which cost £340,000 ($433,000) to make, entirely using a 3D printer.
Sam Rogers, 23
Oh, look, he’s white. What a surprise. I thought the inventor would be a brown transsexual tri-gender demonkin of some sort, as those are known to dominate science.
The company which produces the suit, Gravity Industries, has demonstrated the suit before at speeds of up to 32mph.
But Mr Rogers, from Sussex, has since flown his design at more than 50mph (80km/h).
Mr Rogers said: ‘Five turbojet engines spooling up on your body is a very intense and visceral experience.
‘To learn to balance, control and fly under that power feels very dynamic and the freedom of movement once airborne is like nothing else.
Enough with the teasing.
I want one of these now.
‘I redesigned the suit from traditional materials to being entirely 3D printed in aluminium, steel and nylon, which reduced the time and cost of building the suit.’
Meanwhile, some other college-aged human is majoring in gender studies.
The suit has kerosene-fuelled turbines on the back and on the arms, each with 50lbs (22kg) of thrust, with the controls located inside the grip handles.
It has been created to fly from launch-pad to landing point regardless of the terrain – land or water – with an altitude limit of 10,000ft.
He added: ‘Multiple versions of the suit were tested with leg engines and various other engines configurations.
‘And I found that turbines on the arms and back was the optimal configuration.
But the technical development has not stopped.
Sam said that plans are now in the pipeline for a faster, more powerful and lightweight suit as well as wing prototypes for horizontal flight.
Yeah, the arm-engine version would be the best for civilians and casual users.
Leg engines would be harder to learn, as most people are usually not nimble with their legs and are instead more hand-and-arms dominant, but they should try getting some football player or any other athlete with good dominion of his legs to give it a try.
Freeing the hands would allow for…
This could be the next “Huns obliterating the battlefield while firing their bows on horseback.”
Being able to shoot stuff while flying around would be a game-changer.
The time investment needed for learning to fly around using leg engines would have to be compared against the time investment needed for learning to shoot using some weird leg-mounted guns while flying using arm-engines, but both could work.
“Join the military to kill people while flying on your own jet pack” is much more persuasive than “join the military to defend Israel.”