DailyDirt: One-Man Flying Machines…
from the urls-we-dig-up dept
Millions of people have flown in planes — or even jumped out of them with a parachute just for fun. But not too many people have piloted their own personal aircraft. Sure, people can buy motorized gliders or just tie a bunch of weather balloons to a lawn chair — but the flying car still sounds like a futuristic concept. Here are a few experimental projects for aircraft designed for just one passenger.
- A human-powered helicopter from the University of Maryland is being developed to win the Sikorsky Prize. The Sikorsky Prize will award $250,000 for a human-powered aircraft that can hover at an altitude of at least 3 meters for a minute within a restricted area. [url]
- NASA’s experimental Puffin aircraft is a one-person stealthy helicopter. But it hasn’t exactly been proven to work yet. [url]
- Yves Rossy (aka The Jetman) flew his jetpack over the Grand Canyon recently. Before the flight, the Jetman got permission from the Hualapai Reservation and the FAA — and got a bit nervous about the media attention..? [url]
- To discover more cool sites about aviation, check out what’s currently flying around StumbleUpon. [url]
By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.
Filed Under: helicopter, jetman, sikorsky prize, yves rossy
Comments on “DailyDirt: One-Man Flying Machines…”
Regarding thePuffin Article
Regarding the Puffin article: “It has no flight ceiling?it is not air-breathing like gas engines are, and thus is not limited by thin air?so it could go up to about 9,150 meters before its energy runs low enough to drive it to descend.”
Uh, doesn’t it produce thrust using propellers? I may be mistaken (I’m just an aerospace engineer), but isn’t a propeller limited by thin air?
All in all, an interesting article, but some of the claims are rather hype-filled.
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