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Man Attempts To Cross English Channel With Jet Wing

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the shorter-commute dept.

Transportation 175

Back in May, we told you about Swiss pilot Yves Rossy and his personal jet powered wing. It seems Mr. Rossy will now try to cross the English Channel with his invention. The flight was planned for Sept. 25 but had to be canceled due to poor weather. Yves will leap from a plane more than 2,500 meters off the ground, fire up his jets and try to make the 35-kilometer flight from Calais in France to Dover in England. If all goes well, the flight will take about 12 minutes. I'd like to officially ask Mr. Rossy for a review model for Slashdot.

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Transformers (5, Funny)

ireallylovelinux (589360) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158111)

Transformers here to save the day!

Awesome (1)

tobiah (308208) | more than 5 years ago | (#25159295)

That is so freakin cool. My inner 13year old is drooling for one of our own.

Re:Transformers (2, Funny)

Cyberia (70947) | more than 5 years ago | (#25159605)

Pffffft.. Transformers... yeah right.
There are not enough weapons. This guy must be a Power Ranger.

Centurions.... (5, Informative)

Naughty Bob (1004174) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158115)

Power. Extreme!

Re:Centurions.... (1)

SinGunner (911891) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158411)

I wish I had mod points to mod you informative right now. I'd completely forgotten about that cartoon and how much I loved it.

Wingnut! (2, Funny)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158123)

Got his cap screwed a bit too tight.

Does that outfit he's wearing (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 5 years ago | (#25159835)

come with yellow pants?

Thats Right (4, Funny)

COMON$ (806135) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158131)

I'm BATMAN!

Re:Thats Right (4, Funny)

peragrin (659227) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158573)

I bet he can breathe in space too.

Re:Thats Right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25159431)

No, _I'm_ Batman! I mean Spartacus.

I hope (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25158143)

He dies a horrible, painful, slow death.

Re:I hope (3, Funny)

G0rAk (809217) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158429)

More likely to be a very fast hot one, really.

Damn!! (5, Funny)

arthurpaliden (939626) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158147)

My wife says that I cannot have one.......

Re:Damn!! (5, Funny)

Kippesoep (712796) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158225)

Oh dear. Your poor wife.

Re:Damn!! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25158373)

Present her with a stack of insurance policies that include statements from the insurance company that you will be covered while using one. Make sure she has a calculator handy. Problem solved.

Provided of course you can find such policies. Don't forget the pre-flight checks and stay away from final kisses before take-off.

Re:Damn!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25158693)

That word is frowned upon here...please refrain from saying the "W" word again.

Thank you.

Re:Damn!! (0, Offtopic)

andy19 (1250844) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158711)

That word is frowned upon here. Please refrain from saying the "W" word again.
Thank you. (forgot to sign in)

Four words... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25158155)

I

Want

One

NOW!

Re:Four words... (2, Funny)

doti (966971) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158259)

I also want one, but only after I fully digest the heavy lunch I just ate.

Talk about a... (1, Interesting)

Gazzonyx (982402) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158159)

Talk about a leap of faith!

I don't think he'll even be high enough above the ground for a parachute if everything doesn't work out!

Re:Talk about a... (5, Interesting)

UncleTogie (1004853) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158409)

I don't think he'll even be high enough above the ground for a parachute if everything doesn't work out!

At 5100 feet, he'll be covered.... [fabulousrocketeers.com]

Re:Talk about a... (5, Informative)

DanielG42 (906032) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158437)

A reserve parachute can open in less than 400 feet and a main parachute can open in 1200 feet or so.

Re:Talk about a... (0, Troll)

jawtheshark (198669) | more than 5 years ago | (#25159645)

What are feet? I have two of them, but apart from that I don't know what you're talking about. Could you use more civilised measurements?

Re:Talk about a... (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | more than 5 years ago | (#25159735)

Think of them as feeters (PI/10 of a meter).

It's close enough.

Re:Talk about a... (4, Informative)

Kagura (843695) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158465)

His initial altitude when he leaves the plane will be 2,500m. For static-line parachuting (automatic parachute deployment as you exit the plane), the US Army can drop people at under 120m in real-life, non-training combat situations if the circumstances for some reason call for this. For those who don't know what static-line [wikipedia.org] parachuting is, look at the first picture on the wiki link. The yellow line is connected to a bag that pulls their chute out of the pack. The bag is not attached to the parachute itself, and instead trails behind the plane until all jumpers are out of the plane, and the jumpmaster pulls the dozen or so deployment bags and static lines back into the plane. Also, the jumpers in the picture are likely exiting at around 300m, typical for a training jump.

He doesn't actually have a static line setup, of course, but this is only to illustrate the low altitude limits that parachutes can be used at. BASE jumpers don't jump from very high, for example.

Re:Talk about a... (1)

Kagura (843695) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158485)

His initial altitude when he leaves the plane will be 2,500m.

To be less ambiguous about my statement, his initial altitude when he leaves the plane and turns on his rocket pack will be 2,500m.

Re:Talk about a... (3, Insightful)

Cousin Scuzzy (754180) | more than 5 years ago | (#25159149)

He uses a parachute to land the thing every time he flies it. So yes, he'll have enough altitude for that.

Re:Talk about a... (5, Funny)

JanneM (7445) | more than 5 years ago | (#25159625)

What, he's not landing by running very, very fast?

Disappointed I am, sir; disappointed.

Halo (1)

BountyX (1227176) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158177)

Master chief wants one too

Re:Halo (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25159467)

For a brick, he flew pretty good. -- Sarge

Could you explain that... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25158179)

Could you explain that with a car analogy?

Re:Could you explain that... (5, Funny)

JustOK (667959) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158271)

its like a car

Re:Could you explain that... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25159775)

Its not a truck.

duh... duh... duh-da-duh-duh... (0)

ivandavidoff (969036) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158195)

Has he lost his mind?
Can he see or is he blind?
Can he walk at all,
Or if he moves will he fall?
Is he alive or dead?
Has he thoughts within his head?

Re:duh... duh... duh-da-duh-duh... (1)

feed_me_cereal (452042) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158479)

we'll just pass him there,
why should we even care?

Re:duh... duh... duh-da-duh-duh... (1)

cream wobbly (1102689) | more than 5 years ago | (#25159435)

I'd have fear spread to be if I were at ground level and he's using those heavy boots of lead. I'd have to run as fast as I can. Then break to a guitar solo.

Buzz Lightyear (5, Insightful)

snspdaarf (1314399) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158197)

And if it doesn't go well? Plummeting with style does not help when you go head first into the drink, or the cliffs, at high velocity. I'd like to see him make it, just because everyone's first reaction seems to be, "He's out of his fucking mind", but I would not trade places with him for love, nor money.

Re:Buzz Lightyear (1)

Nerfromancer (1372171) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158283)

Cue the Randy Newman as he tumbles from the plane. "Clearly, I will go sailing, no more." :(

Re:Buzz Lightyear (5, Informative)

Is0m0rph (819726) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158425)

He'll probably make it if you've watched his videos. He flys all over in that wing. If something goes wrong he can throw it off and parachute down.

Re:Buzz Lightyear (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158489)

Then you have never truly loved.

His site? (1)

JJman (916535) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158277)

Where's the link to his site?

Re:His site? (5, Funny)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158299)

It's here [darwinawards.com] .

Re:His site? (3, Informative)

JJman (916535) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158329)

http://jet-man.com/prod/index_en.html [jet-man.com] Found it myself!

Re:His site? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25159583)

Well done sir! You have truly conquered this modern marvel, and for that there can be no response other than to congratulate and adulate your unvanquishable thirst for advancement! A warm and hearty slap on the back. Have a drink sir! Come, won't you sit by us, your new peers?

Ahem.

Eh? What's that?

He doesn't have a sig!

Ah... something's come up. Please don't hesitate to speak with us in future ... we may have time to consult with you on matters of ... etiquette.

It's about time (2, Funny)

BenSchuarmer (922752) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158295)

There's my jetpack!!!

Try that in the US (5, Funny)

schwaang (667808) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158343)

Not mentioned in TFA, he tried to do this at Kittyhawk where the Wright brothers made their historic flight. But there was some trouble getting clearance with the US authorities....

TSA: Sir, you can't take that on the plane.
Rossy: But this *is* the plane!

Re:Try that in the US (1)

schwaang (667808) | more than 5 years ago | (#25159905)

I'm horrified that anyone modded my parent post informative, unless they were being overly ironic.

Mathesar, was that you? My post wasn't a true historical document, it was meant to be what on Earth we call "entertainment". Sorry 'bout that.

Visual (1)

Befread (1368319) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158367)

I wonder if his helmet has a HUD with a build in MP4 for in flight movies.

he's gonna kill his feet... (1)

haubey (1367009) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158383)

His feet are right in the way of where the air blows from the get. I don't know how hot that air is, but if it is, A: he'll loose his shoes, and B:he'll burn his feet.

Re:he's gonna kill his feet... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25158481)

A) I hope you're not serious because...
B) It's "jet" not "get", wtf?
C) It's "lose" not "loose". Although... I suppose that if his shoes were loose he may, in fact, lose them.
D) This isn't the sort of thing you just build and decide to test by flying over the English Channel. I'm sure he's used it before and that any jet exhaust issues have been dealt with.

Re:he's gonna kill his feet... (1)

Sasayaki (1096761) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158679)

That white suit of his is fire retardant. ...

There's a joke here about the pilot being plain retarded, but honestly I think the guy's a top bloke and there's a whole lot of geek envy going on here.

Re:he's gonna kill his feet... (1)

A440Hz (1054614) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158867)

This isn't his first flight. He's flown this thing a good bit and still has feet, apparently.

Re:he's gonna kill his feet... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25159179)

"Dude, my shoe's on fire! I just set my shoes on fire!" - Henchman 24

Re:he's gonna kill his feet... (5, Informative)

Falconhell (1289630) | more than 5 years ago | (#25159251)

A friend of mine is fitting 3 of those jets to his ASW20 glider.

I stood 10ft behind one when it was running. It was suprisingly cool so close. The temperature at the tailplane of the glider is below 50 degrees C, so it wont effect the composite glass/carbon flying surfaces

Must be something to do with the air expanding out of a relatively small nozzle, causing rapid cooling.

Re:he's gonna kill his feet... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25160007)

Must be. Must be. After all, let's see, a rapidly expanding volume of fluid will have its latent heat energy spread evenly throughout the volume. Hm. Yes. I think you may be on to something.

I admire your confidence in stating the bloody obvious.

Flashbacks... (2, Funny)

Kemanorel (127835) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158387)

Why am I thinking of G.I. Joe from the 80's?

Now we just need red and blue laser guns that look like M-16's.

And maybe a ROFLCOPTOR.

Re:Flashbacks... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25158525)

Cobra used to have something like that - I had the toy. It was, as the kids say, the coolness.

Re:Flashbacks... (1)

Kemanorel (127835) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158979)

Yeah, that's right. Cobra had the jet. The Joes just had the hang-glider. Both attached to the figure by way of a post inserted into a screw hole on the figure's back.

Can you imagine.. (1)

houbou (1097327) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158453)

Landing with that gear on Fantasy Island... "the plane.. the plane... uh.. gee boss, it's so small!" :P

Re:Can you imagine.. (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158629)

Now I want a donut.

Landing gear? (2, Funny)

fullymodo (985789) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158521)

I REALLY don't want to see him with his gear down...
Ouch.

Re:Landing gear? (1)

compro01 (777531) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158567)

No landing gear. He lands via parachute.

Re:Landing gear? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25159305)

Whoooosh!

Haven't you heard the old joke about the Oooh Oooh bird? Seems his "male member" is a couple of inches longer than his legs, so when he lands, he says, "Oooh! Oooh!"

Information about the jets (5, Informative)

rminsk (831757) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158575)

From the looks of it he is using four JetCat P180 [jetcatusa.com] . Each jet weighs about 5 lb and produces about 45 lb of thrust. They burn about 24 oz/minute of 1-K kerosene/Jet A1 fuel at full power.

Re:Information about the jets (3, Funny)

chord.wav (599850) | more than 5 years ago | (#25159273)

OMFG! I so need to strap a cat to one of those!

Re:Information about the jets (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | more than 5 years ago | (#25159777)

$10KUS.

F model rocket engines are much cheaper (if you can still find one).

Cross-Channel Jump (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25158583)

What Ron's next endeavor be? Eating a Cathedral?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8uYhFoCFhI [youtube.com]

He'll never make it (5, Funny)

Chuck Chunder (21021) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158619)

With balls that big there will be too much drag.

Re:He'll never make it (3, Funny)

HornWumpus (783565) | more than 5 years ago | (#25159797)

They are brass and a requirement to make the CG work out.

The funniest part of course... (5, Informative)

LanceUppercut (766964) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158633)

... is that news like that clearly demonstrate that 49% of Slashdot poters are living in a cave and 49% other are living under a bridge. What other explanation could there be for all those inane comments?

Once again: The guy has been flying this thing for quite sime time now! It flies already! And it flies well! No, his feet are not in the path of jet exhaust! Yes, he will make it more than a few feet from the ground, because he's actually taking off _from_ _a_ _plane_! And no, he'll not crash on landing, because he actually uses _a_ _parachute_ to land!

Here's a Double Devil Dare for him (1)

sam_vilain (33533) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158647)

Heh. This is just like a NZ Movie;

"This is the ass end of the world. The land below you is called New Zea-land. There's the North Island - that's the good one, and the South Island, which sucks. Between these two imaginatively named islands lies a stretch of water known as the Cook Strait.

"People have swum and sailed across this straight, and thousands cross it every day by plane and ferry. But only one man has ever tried... to jump it."

From The Devil Dared Me To [imdb.com]

Re:Here's a Double Devil Dare for him (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | more than 5 years ago | (#25159831)

He got the idea from Monty Python [youtube.com]

British weather (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25158651)

Typical british bloody weather.

But... (3, Funny)

Sasayaki (1096761) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158663)

... what happens if he doesn't make it?

I wonder if his will has a provision- "If the bloody thing blows up and murders me, the design for it becomes creative commons- hopefully those Linux nuts can figure out why it blew up!"

Little does he know we'd just fork it into a million different versions, all similar but incompatible (and all unable to run Halo2), then Microsoft would bring out JetPackXP Professional and everyone except us would use that instead...

They might shoot him down (1)

erroneus (253617) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158691)

... does he have clearance to fly this route? What if they confused him for being a terrorist or being a cruise missile or something?

lol (5, Funny)

thatskinnyguy (1129515) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158705)

Buzz Lightyear called. He wants his suit back.

Re:lol (1)

that IT girl (864406) | more than 5 years ago | (#25159779)

Ah, you beat me to it!

Nice username.

fly or glide? (1, Interesting)

hurfy (735314) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158719)

Why so high to start with?

He doesn't have fuel to make it across fully on it's own power i suppose.
From 2500 meters one could glide across in a variety of craft it appears. This would seem about twice the glide ratio of a small plane, doesn't sound too hard with a powered wing. Especially as it seems the wing actually does fly ok, it must be a range issue.

Heck if you let me start high enough i could fly my car across. Ok i might need oxygen and better shocks but still....

Looks like fun nonetheless, at least until i have to land with 120 lbs on my back then i'd just be a squished little geek :(

Re:fly or glide? (1)

ChrisA90278 (905188) | more than 5 years ago | (#25159087)

"Why so high to start with?"

He could have started on a runway but he has a problem with not being able to run fast enough to get the thing flying. Jumping out of an airplan is the only way to gain enough speed.

Landing is easier. He has a parachute.

No take-off (1)

imtheguru (625011) | more than 5 years ago | (#25159391)

Why so high to start with?

The wing has no take-off capability; it needs to be dropped from a moving airplane.The plane is simply flying above the 1200m threshold for parachute deployment. I guess, he's giving himself some head room in case things go pear-shaped. I'll go rtfa now.

Re:fly or glide? (1)

W3ird_N3rd (1369841) | more than 5 years ago | (#25159721)

doesn't have fuel to make it across fully on it's own power i suppose.

Not enough fuel, I don't know. According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hang_gliding#Records [wikipedia.org] you can go 700 kilometers with a hang glider. And he can't do 35 without a big push by a plane?

As for not being able to run fast enough to use a runway: he could use a shopping cart (maybe something slighty more aerodynamic) and his jet to get up to speed. Quite dangerous indeed, but probably not impossible.

Heck if you let me start high enough i could fly my car across. Ok i might need oxygen and better shocks but still....

Given enough height even a jet-powered brick would make it. I'm starting to think that maybe that's just what he is.

Re:fly or glide? (1)

barzok (26681) | more than 5 years ago | (#25159963)

700km on a hang glider depends upon catching a lot of updrafts & favorable winds. You'll have a lot of trouble finding those crossing the Channel.

Gliders can do it easy.. (4, Informative)

zlexiss (14056) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158723)

Since he only needs a L/D ratio of about 14 (35 km distance with a 2.5 km altitude start), any decent glider can do the same thing, with no thermal lifts, and no jet engines, just pure glide slope.

Re:Gliders can do it easy.. (4, Informative)

Klaus_1250 (987230) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158891)

First across the channel (pure) soaring flight was in 1939; Geoffrey Stephenson in a Slingsby Kirby Gull 1. Pretty darn impressive (former glider pilot myself). Just a normal winch launch, so he actually had to do it with thermaling.

The things people will do ... (1)

Tired and Emotional (750842) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158921)

to get a guest spot on Top Gear

Well... (1)

chord.wav (599850) | more than 5 years ago | (#25158959)

Yves Rossy has a long record of arerial stunts, he is definitely a pro. And he and his team have put a lot of thinking into this project.

If you think this is a stupid idea or that he'll end up in the Darwin awards hall of fame, think twice:
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/posted/archive/2008/04/25/brazil-priest-flying-party-balloons-lost-at-sea.aspx [nationalpost.com]
This priest with too much faith but no brains had the brilliant idea of "flying" in a paragliding harness strapped to a lot of party balloons. The article has a nice picture.

Cheating? (1)

Gerzel (240421) | more than 5 years ago | (#25159061)

Seems like cheating as he isn't actually launching from French soil. He's just flying over the English Channel. Eh.

Re:Cheating? (1)

meist3r (1061628) | more than 5 years ago | (#25159385)

This just in: World Record saved by giant slingshot!

To Infinity and beyond!!!! (1)

mlwmohawk (801821) | more than 5 years ago | (#25159241)

I'm sorry, it just looks like a Buzz Lightyear costume.

Re:To Infinity and beyond!!!! (1)

Frequency Domain (601421) | more than 5 years ago | (#25159327)

You beat me to it, but that was my very first thought.

Is it a Bird? Is it a plane? Noez! (1)

meist3r (1061628) | more than 5 years ago | (#25159363)

It's the marketing representative for Ryan Air.

Uh, that's cool and all... (1)

blueforce (192332) | more than 5 years ago | (#25159369)

But does Mr. Ghostrider get to do flybys of the tower even if the pattern is full?

Live stream link (2)

tirnacopu (732831) | more than 5 years ago | (#25159489)

If all goes well, you will be able to watch the flight broadcasted from http://jetmanlive.com/ [jetmanlive.com] (either click on the big "jetman live" text on the homepage and allow pop-ups or go to http://jetmanlive.com/WatchLive.aspx [jetmanlive.com] directly.

Little premature? (1)

that IT girl (864406) | more than 5 years ago | (#25159785)

I'd like to officially ask Mr. Rossy for a review model for Slashdot.

Let's wait and see if it works first...

lulz (1)

F3V0H1B (1313103) | more than 5 years ago | (#25159815)

He reminds me of a stormtrooper.
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