Some sort of skateboard like launch platform could be implemented.
Lay flat on the device (which isn't stearable), activate jets and zoom down road, achieve speed, lift off, ???, profit.
Either have the device strapped on, so it goes with you, or leave it on the floor.
Maybe he needs to add some aerofoils though to give him a bit more control than just using his body.
Space Cadets 'r' Us for Icarus Drivers?
Yes, well, what more can one say than .... We are not alone. Bravo, monsieur.
""I'm not married any more," says the 47-year-old Rossy, in a Hublot promo video. ®" ... Yes, well, that we can all appreciate and fully understand.
Put all that into the Binary Melting Pot ...... add a few spicey herbs and simmer over a Hot Stove Pipe in a Summer of 69 CodeXXXX and Google Control Head Quarters and have a Ticket 42 Ride Everything ....... with Information just being Tricked out of and Trickled into Searching Universal IntelAIgent Virtualised Engines,
And Yes that is NeuReal World Order ProgramMIng Speak from a Lot Higher than the Cloud and a lot dDeeper than any mountainous Vault. What Price immaculate Source and who is SMART enough to Invest....... are always two Pertinent Impertinent and therefore Apposite Quantum Questions.
Surely the steam catapult on any reasonable carrier should do the job. Whether he'd cope with the acceleration is another story.
Wonder what licence he would need to fly? Don't R/C planes over a certain weight need permission from <insert government dept / deity / celeb here> to get airborne?
> "Put all that into the Binary Melting Pot ...... add a few spicey herbs and simmer over a Hot Stove Pipe in a Summer of 69 CodeXXXX and Google Control Head Quarters and have a Ticket 42 Ride Everything ......"
Including Swiss mountain goats ;-). Mind the horns (just mind? or just just?). Klaxxxons XXXtra, that is the decision to be made, but I recommend disengaging them 1st so not to wake the sleepers, tho if discovered few would suspect amanfromMars and attribute alien visitation, such are the Infernal IntelAIgent Engines. amfM wants to know what I know about the Godisagodess Program? The Sun Also Rises. 2xChange is 2xForm.
".... with Information just being Tricked out of and Trickled into Searching Universal IntelAIgent Virtualised Engines,"
A logical non sequitur, but doubtless a celebratory rhetorical flourish (AFAIK) to invert cause and effect to see if anyone is still awake and listening. Would that Fat Old Sun in the Sky be affecting the DialecticK of the capacITors at EarthObsAtenshunStation by any chance?
Learn to Fly!
Here i am sat at work with my ipod plugged in and listening to iTunes, when the playlist rolls on to 'Learn to Fly' by the Foo Fighters (seriously!) - it's a sign....i'm off to my shed to build me an even better jet plane jackety type thing with foldable wings with bigger jets and 'go faster/safer stripes', with a big'ol parachute mind.
Flame? because you'll see it streaking across the sky as i fly over screaming Learn to Fly by the Foo Fighters.
If the device requires "a body honed to perfection... and a mind attuned to split-second coordination of flight parameters", then I take it it isn't likely to turn up for general sale on the order of 1Q 2009. But it's still an exciting news item, and I wish him well; of course, he is engaged in a risky activity, but the world would be a far less interesting place without adventurous spirits.
Conversation went like this:-
Me - "Wow look at this, genius"
Roll you tube video and brief explanation of principles of flight.
Wife - "Why would you want to do that"
Me - "Because it's awesome"
Wife - "I already got you a remote controlled helicopter"
Me - "But I can't fly IN that"
Wife - "And it looks dangerous."<eyes narrow> "How much does it cost anyway"
Me - "But the wind in your hair, swooping through the Alps, you can't put a price on that."
Wife - "No you can't have one, besides we're saving for new windows"
Me - "But"
Wife - "No"
Me - "mumble mumble" - retreat to the shed with hammer, carbon fibre panels and 4 jet engines - "I'll be in the shed, back soon"
From on American to the Swiss
*Insert Deep Bow Here*
Marvelous! I can't even BEGIN to imagine a more natural way to fly! I think the poem "High Flight" By John Magee says it best:
"Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . .
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God."
With the world being so utterly fucked up and being bombarded alternately by advertising and messages of fear...it's people like this fucked up maniac lunatic hero who remind us that life is for living.
I get goosepimples just watching this thing fly. Chances of me actually getting to fly one are close to zero in this life, but the *possibility* is now there.
Go-go gadget wings!!!
The ME263 - Komet - of WW2 fame, did exactly that !! They launched off a dolly and landed on a skid, if they survived (1) the launch, (2) the climb, (3) the attack on the Allied bombers and (4) the unpowered plummet to the ground !!
Somehow, I get the feeling that if Rossy tried landing on a skid, he'll not feel like getting married any more !!
@Derek Bez - only if they carry surveillance equipment and/or offensive weaponry !!
@TeeCee - The supersonic version will not be available for the foreseeable future !! They are still working on a high-tensile belt to keep the pants securely fastened when passing Mach 1 !!
@bazza - Holland ?? Going head-first into a Dyke is not conducive to future good health !!
@Jim T - >>it'd be an awesome way to commute to work.<< - provided you don't try to land through the plate glass window of your office !! Glass shrapnel falling from 40 storeys up will not be greatly appreciated by the passers-by !!
@ Runcible Spoon
Hey, nice to see a fellow Dominic Deegan fan on el Reg. Unless there's another Runcible Spoon I'm unaware of.
And well said for the most part. I agree totally although you could have used a little less profanity.
Life is for living, get out there and do something stupid/inane if it suits you, as long as you don't hurt anyone else.