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megimoo
01-25-2010, 09:40 PM
A conceptional rendering of the Puffin personal flying suit.NASA/Analytical Mechanics Associates A conceptional rendering of the Puffin personal flying suit.

Forget the Segway. Leave that jet pack behind. NASA is working on a personal flying suit.

Conceptual designs for the experimental vehicle, called Puffin, were introduced by Mark D. Moore, an aerospace engineer at NASA’s Langley Research Center, at a meeting of the American Helicopter Society on Jan. 20 in San Francisco. The Puffin is designed to be 12 feet in length, with a total wingspan of 14 and a half feet; it would weigh in at 300 pounds (without a pilot).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhpPhvWvLgk&feature=player_embedded

Two major elements distinguish the Puffin suit from the jet packs of ’50s-era sci-fi flicks. First, it is completely self-contained: the pilot would actually step into the suit, which has a cockpit-like area and helicopter-style blades, allowing for high-altitude flying (unlike those sci-fi jet packs).

Second, it is designed to be powered by electric motors, making it relatively quiet, lightweight and more reliable (electric motors have fewer moving parts than conventional ones), and with a low environmental impact.

Of course, the Puffin is just a theory at the moment. It might be best used for covert military missions or rescue operations. But if it does emerge as an option for conventional flight, traffic jams might take on a whole new meanin


http://intransit.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/21/nasa-announces-designs-for-personal-flying-suit/?no_interstitial

PoliCon
01-25-2010, 10:02 PM
that thing doesn't look in any way comfortable.

Rockntractor
01-25-2010, 10:23 PM
that thing doesn't look in any way comfortable.

Where would you put your purse?

PoliCon
01-25-2010, 11:24 PM
Where would you put your purse?

There you go again. :rolleyes: Just because you carry one doesn't mean real men do. :p

Articulate_Ape
01-26-2010, 02:20 AM
It's about fucking time! (pardon my French). What the hell are the wheels for?

Gingersnap
01-26-2010, 10:25 AM
*sigh*

Yet again we see that there are no plans for a similar flying dog model. Just what is the point of jet-pack type flight without provision for canine companionship?

I'm not even going to mention this to Doc. :mad:

megimoo
01-26-2010, 11:09 AM
*sigh*

Yet again we see that there are no plans for a similar flying dog model. Just what is the point of jet-pack type flight without provision for canine companionship?

I'm not even going to mention this to Doc. :mad:There is a 'pup' pack mod. in the works !