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Jetpacks? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Jetpacks...

Postby Scomagia » Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:06 pm

...For we have jet boards!
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European leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron were treated to a demonstration of the Flyboard Air, a sort of gas turbine-powered jetpack/hoverboard/flying platform originally invented by jetski champ Franky Zapata, during Bastille Day festivities in Paris on Sunday.

Zapata carried what certainly appeared to be an unloaded rifle (or a replica of such) as he flew over French military forces parading down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées with the flags of the European Intervention Initiative, a strategic coordination pact between 10 countries.

A September 2018 look at Zapata’s work with the U.S. military in the Drive noted his variant, which is a flying platform, had solved some of those issues by introducing seven computer-controlled jet turbines that send flight data to a tablet-sized display as well as “built-in redundancies and automatic compensation if one of the jet engines fails.” Zapata advertises a custom-tooled version called the Fly-EZ as ideal for military purposes ranging from naval personnel transfers and routine ground patrols to actual combat insertions and “denied area penetration.” According to the Drive, the craft can carry up to 280 pounds, fly at 80 miles per hour for up to 12 minutes, and attain altitudes of 9,000 feet, though not necessarily at the maximum load. (France24 cited different specifications for the one used in the demonstration at a maximum speed of 118 miles per hour for 10 minutes )

It seems that some of the kinks related to jet packs have been worked out with this board but obvious problems remain, such as limited range, cost, and noise. It's clear that these won't be special ops equipment given how loud they are but I think they have great potential for use in rapid response situations, scouting, and navigation over short areas of difficult or dangerous terrain. Of course, some of the tasks that could be accomplished with these boards could be better relegated to drones, so as drone technology advances individual net propulsion may end up as a technological dead end. I think they're cool, if nothing else, and look forward to advancements in jet boards, particularly on the civilian side as I would love to ride one.

What say you, NSG? Do you think this technology has a future in combat and civilian roles? Or do you think it's retro sci-fi wish fulfillment with no applicability to the real world? Would you ride a jet board or jet pack?
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Postby Nanatsu no Tsuki » Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:15 pm

I need these in my life. Especially for getting out of sticky situations.
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Postby Pacomia » Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:17 pm

Nanatsu no Tsuki wrote:I need these in my life. Especially for getting out of sticky situations.

I saw that clip. So f*cking cool.
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Postby ECKU » Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:19 pm

Yes I want a hoverboard. Marty McFly's gonna wish his looked as cool as mine!
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Postby Nanatsu no Tsuki » Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:19 pm

Pacomia wrote:
Nanatsu no Tsuki wrote:I need these in my life. Especially for getting out of sticky situations.

I saw that clip. So f*cking cool.


Too cool: https://i.postimg.cc/gJCLG0GW/1-DB47-EB ... C80613.jpg
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Postby Scomagia » Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:22 pm

Nanatsu no Tsuki wrote:I need these in my life. Especially for getting out of sticky situations.

I forgot about your career as a cat burglar. :p

I think they'd be pretty neat just as a wilderness toy. Flying around the desert would be boss! Also,
aerial paintballing! :)
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Postby Nanatsu no Tsuki » Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:25 pm

Scomagia wrote:
Nanatsu no Tsuki wrote:I need these in my life. Especially for getting out of sticky situations.

I forgot about your career as a cat burglar. :p

I think they'd be pretty neat just as a wilderness toy. Flying around the desert would be boss! Also,
aerial paintballing! :)


Shhhhhhh! :p

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Postby Scomagia » Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:12 pm

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Psh. Flying cars may be comfy but they aren't very thrilling. Imagine all the ways you could die on a hoverboard. Malfunction, power lines, bird collisions....it's exhilerating. :p

Hovercars are for babies. Hoverboards are for the bold!
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Postby Nakena » Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:41 am

Its more like that thing the Green Goblin from Spiderman has. But now for real.
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Postby Bluelight-R006 » Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:47 am

If jet packs were like they do in the movies, and theres not that high of amount of accidents from them, then possibly yes. It’d be cool to fly around without having anything large to support, or with anyone else.

However, I like the current way of transport. Buses and trains are okay to me, and they’re my favourite. So I’d take more time to consider this if I would.

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Postby Little Tin Hat » Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:11 am

I don't watch motor racing but taking a cue from rallying- several of these zapping through forests doing sharp turns etc would be be worth tuning into.

Something else that might be interesting is something involving them and drones - maybe similar to the already mooted paintball/lazerzone but either drones as targets or opponents.

Can see the Harry Potter quiditch crowd trying it out- but Jeez, can only imagine broken bones and there not being many potions/spells about so whether that would last who knows.

Should imagine it will also be of interest to terrorists, the chinese ripping it off and home hobbyists knocking one up in the garage.

How long can it keep in the air for?

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Postby Risottia » Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:49 am

Scomagia wrote:jet boards

It's not a "jet board", it's a trotinette volante, BORDEL!.

Little Tin Hat wrote:Can see the Harry Potter quiditch crowd trying it out

As long as you make it broom-shaped.
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Postby Scomagia » Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:06 am

Little Tin Hat wrote:I don't watch motor racing but taking a cue from rallying- several of these zapping through forests doing sharp turns etc would be be worth tuning into.

Something else that might be interesting is something involving them and drones - maybe similar to the already mooted paintball/lazerzone but either drones as targets or opponents.

Can see the Harry Potter quiditch crowd trying it out- but Jeez, can only imagine broken bones and there not being many potions/spells about so whether that would last who knows.

Should imagine it will also be of interest to terrorists, the chinese ripping it off and home hobbyists knocking one up in the garage.

How long can it keep in the air for?

They can stay airborne for 12 minutes, I believe. Long enough to have some crazy, stupod, dangerous fun. :)
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Postby Scomagia » Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:07 am

Risottia wrote:
Scomagia wrote:jet boards

It's not a "jet board", it's a trotinette volante, BORDEL!.

Little Tin Hat wrote:Can see the Harry Potter quiditch crowd trying it out

As long as you make it broom-shaped.

Psh. You can keep your pretentious palace speak. :p
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Postby Gormwood » Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:19 am

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Postby Scomagia » Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:23 am

Gormwood wrote:Now all that's needed is a genetically engineered spider to get loose.

I see a reimagining of Spiderman in the works but this time Spiderman is the creepy, bitey villain and the Green Goblin is the hero avenging his uncle who was eaten by the monstrous Spiderman!
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Postby The New California Republic » Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:27 am

These would be handy for Navy SEALs or the Special Air Service.
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Postby Gormwood » Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:28 am

The New California Republic wrote:These would be handy for Navy SEALs or the Special Air Service.

Loud flying boards are perfect for special forces clearly.
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Postby Scomagia » Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:28 am

The New California Republic wrote:These would be handy for Navy SEALs or the Special Air Service.

They're stupid loud, though, which makes them questionable as spec ops equipment.

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Postby The New California Republic » Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:32 am

Gormwood wrote:
The New California Republic wrote:These would be handy for Navy SEALs or the Special Air Service.

Loud flying boards are perfect for special forces clearly.

In remote locations they'd be fine, as often special forces are inserted nowhere near their objectives. And I'm sure they will make it quieter. The SAS allegedly used a silent electric drill during the Iranian Embassy Siege, so where there's a will there's a way...
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Postby Kernen » Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:18 pm

I can't see a jetboard actually used in combat. What a target that guy makes.

But as a proof of concept for micro jet turbines on drones? Very impressive.
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Postby Scomagia » Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:45 pm

Kernen wrote:I can't see a jetboard actually used in combat. What a target that guy makes.

But as a proof of concept for micro jet turbines on drones? Very impressive.

Ever shot clays? Aerial targets are difficult to hit, to say nothing of an aerial target that's intentionally evading you.
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Postby The New California Republic » Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:17 pm

Scomagia wrote:
Kernen wrote:I can't see a jetboard actually used in combat. What a target that guy makes.

But as a proof of concept for micro jet turbines on drones? Very impressive.

Ever shot clays? Aerial targets are difficult to hit, to say nothing of an aerial target that's intentionally evading you.

Just fire a stinger at it.
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