A human being may strap this to themselves very soon, ing.petz writes – “Andreas is designing and building a turbine-powered personal flying suit. In principle this is going to be similar to the well-known “Bell Rocket Belt”, the difference is the power plant and controlling of the unit. While the “Rocket Belt”, originating form the late fifties / early sixties, used two monopropellant liquid fuelled rocket engines (peroxide motors), Andreas decided to go for a gas turbine, driving a huge fan to achieve a high mass flow of air. This air will be directed to four variable thrust nozzles that will produce the thrust necessary to lift and control the device. The endurance of this flying machine would be much longer than the approximately 30 seconds possible with the “Rocket Belt”. Preliminary calculations suggested a figure of about 20 minutes or so for one tankfull of fuel. Andreas decided to build everything himself, even the gas generator engine since at the time he started work on this unit, small commercially built gas turbine engines weren’t available to the public as surplus easily.” [via] – Link.
Related MAKE rocketry:
- Homemade Rocketeer pack – Link.
- A Real Rocket Bike… – Link.
- Backyard Rocketeer – Link.
- Rocketbelt Convention (photos) – Link.
- MAKE Podcast: Andrew Filo’s Rocket Belt – Link.