"Jetman" Yves Rossy's Vertical Flight Is A Thing Of Beauty

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Yves Rossy demonstrates his new autonomous VTOL system, which allows him to launch straight into the air (Credit: Yves Rossy)

Swiss military-trained pilot and aviation enthusiast Yves Rossy is famous for pulling off seemingly impossible stunts. Over the years, the adventurer has used his jet-propelled carbon wings to soar across the Grand Canyon, circle over Japan's Mt. Fuji, and even fly alongside the world's largest commercial airplane, the Airbus A380. However, the one thing that has eluded the "Jetman" is the ability to take off from the ground. All his "flights" begin after being transported to a certain altitude aboard a helicopter or plane.

The ability to launch from the ground will reduce Rossy's dependency on helicopters and airplanes (Credit: Yves Rossy)

But if Rossy's latest video, released on December 19, 2019, is any indication, that dependency may soon be a thing of the past. The footage shows the stuntman testing his new vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) system to launch into the air from a boat in the middle of a lake. He hovers over the water for a few seconds and then, using the finger controls built inside his gloves, gracefully flies to a nearby jetty to make a picture-perfect landing. According to the adventurer, the design of the four Jetcat P550 turbine engines' special nozzles, which allow him to fly vertically at 112 miles per hour, drew inspiration from Elon Musk’s reusable SpaceX rockets.

Though there is more work to be done before the wings are powerful enough to fly to higher altitudes for extended periods of time, the day when "Jetman" will be autonomously soaring through the clouds is not far.

Resources: Newatlas.com, Futurism.com

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97 Comments
  • bro-learn
    bro-learnSaturday, January 25, 2020 at 10:23 am
    bro who would like to fly? like this comment if you do want to fly or reply if you would not like to fly
    • adessaspe333444
      adessaspe333444Friday, January 24, 2020 at 7:53 am
      That is awesome the should make more and sell them around the world you will make so much money 🛸
      • rihunuti-156996915314
        rihunuti-156996915314Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 8:08 am
        sooooo coool dude
        • capevopy-156996919078
          capevopy-156996919078Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 8:04 am
          rad he must me really smart
          • brdyman
            brdymanWednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7:07 am
            that is awsome
            • leader_littenzz
              leader_littenzzWednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7:03 am
              He can control it with his FINGERS?! AWESOME!!!
              • shabunkinn
                shabunkinnTuesday, January 21, 2020 at 3:48 pm
                I don't get how that thing works, but I REALY want one!
                • facemana
                  facemanaTuesday, January 21, 2020 at 12:48 pm
                  FLYING IS POSIABLE
                  • kamycyky-157106066068
                    kamycyky-157106066068Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 4:21 pm
                    Have you seen try to fly 2?! You'll see the problem
                  • unicorn506
                    unicorn506Monday, January 20, 2020 at 5:59 pm
                    I wonder how he got them?! If yo know like this comment
                    • slytherin_lise
                      slytherin_liseMonday, January 20, 2020 at 1:52 pm
                      This is so cool! I want one!