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In the James Bond movie Thunderball, 007 packs a sexy, but unrealistic jet pack featuring two rockets that keep him floating awesomely over the landscape.

Taking that prop as inspiration, Rodger Cleye built a bi-copter with contra-rotating, gimbaled motors and a PVC frame, with a total weight of 13 pounds including the dummy. Despite this relatively large weight for a RC copter, Rodger still ekes out 10-minute flight times.

He plans to convert the design to a tri-copter for added control, though it won’t be as faithful to the movie, if that matters. [via Hacked Gadgets]

John Baichtal

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  1. Tim says:

    The rocket pack used in the movie was a working device using H2O2 as the fuel and a catalyst to generate steam. The steam on either side behind the arms is what controlled the device lasting just a few seconds.

    Pretty neat mockup using rotors!

    1. asciimation says:

      Yep, Tim is right. It was/is real. It’s the Bell rocket belt:

      Used in Thunderball as mentioned and in the 84 summer olympics opening ceremony (I remember watching that as a kid).

      Definitely not unrealistic. But certainly not extremely practical.

      Great inspiration for a nice project!


  2. Bruce Miller says:

    Keep up the good work!