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Author Topic: A real hoverboard  (Read 1294 times)
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Airship Builder

« on: April 13, 2016, 02:43:39 pm »

Looks real to me.  Video on link.

Clym Angus
Zeppelin Admiral
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Lord of Misrule

« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2016, 03:07:49 pm »

Where is the centre of gravity? It had better be bloody low.

Zeppelin Captain
United States United States

« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2016, 04:28:06 am »

This is from the people with the previous water-jet version. The CG is low and the thrust is at the flyer's feet, but there are people who can fly the thing very well. Here's Gemma Weston, the 2016 champion, flying the water-jet version. If you have the thrust, it's possible to control the thing.

The videos of the Flyboard Air do look kind of suspicious. But it's not impossible to get the necessary thrust. Here's the biggest model aircraft jet engine, the B300F from BF Turbines. 390mm long, 133mm diameter, 2.5Kg mass, 300Nt max thrust, price about EUR5500.  Four of those could lift 268 pounds. They're not rated for human flight, but at least you have some redundancy if an engine fails.
Arabella Periscope
Zeppelin Captain
United States United States

Edwardian summer

« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2016, 03:09:56 am »

A thrilling sight. Human flight! But as I understand it, rocket-packs or jet-packs or other devices for shooting a person up into the sky always have had the potential to work, if dangerously, but never for more than 13 minutes. This board lasted 4 minutes. If this is true, the flying ex-pedestrian will never darken our skies.

Kenneth: 'If you're so hot, you can tell me how to say she has ideas above her station.'
Brian:'Oh yes, I forgot. It's fairly easy, old boy.
Elle a des idees au-dessus de sa gare.'
Kenneth: 'Idiot.  It's not that kind of station.'

Terence Rattigan 'French Without Tears.'
Prof Marvel
Zeppelin Captain
Western Sahara Western Sahara

too depressed for words

« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2016, 02:20:12 am »

Whitchcraft I tell You!
Shoot them down and persecute prosecute the remains!

prof drama

The world is in Hell and I am too depressed for words
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