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NASA Announces Designs for Personal Flying Suit

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#1 thamaster24


Posted 26 January 2010 - 12:41 AM

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).

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 meaning.

Wow, very interesting
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#2 Scorch



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Posted 26 January 2010 - 01:10 AM

yes yes yes! This is awesome.

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#3 SpazX


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Posted 26 January 2010 - 01:21 AM

August 14, 2022 - First commercial "Puffin" sold to consumers

August 15, 2022 - First fatal accident involving newly released "Puffin"

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#4 keithp



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Posted 26 January 2010 - 01:57 AM

I'll take two.

#5 JolietJake


Posted 26 January 2010 - 02:19 AM

NASA is one step closer to creating the Centurions.

I enjoy the videos and puns posted by Joliet Jake. I think he's almost as funny as my favorite comedian, Dane Cook. Now excuse me while I listen to Fallout Boy's music on their myspace page.

#6 SpazX


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Posted 26 January 2010 - 02:36 AM

Aw man the centurions were fucking awesome. They only had like 10 episodes I ever saw though. Man I wanted toys of those dudes, but all I ever got was a pencil top eraser or something.

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#7 neocisco


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Posted 26 January 2010 - 02:54 AM

Just placed my preorder on Amazon.

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#8 thamaster24


Posted 28 January 2010 - 12:34 AM

Just placed my preorder on Amazon.

I'll wait for the Black Friday Lightning Deal