"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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106 Comments
  • frostheart
    frostheartThursday, February 20, 2020 at 10:30 am
    That is super cool
    • pyyras_ashes
      pyyras_ashesTuesday, February 18, 2020 at 2:51 pm
      Now thats cool
      • raradyvy-156828659277
        raradyvy-156828659277Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 2:36 pm
        again sorry i'm new to this site can you change you user name here???
        • raradyvy-156828659277
          raradyvy-156828659277Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 2:32 pm
          Honestly, probably everyone wants to fly that. Got millions of dollars worth of great engineers though???
          • raradyvy-156828659277
            raradyvy-156828659277Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 2:01 pm
            if only i had a jet suit lol
            • megaladon
              megaladonTuesday, February 11, 2020 at 11:50 am
              i wanna fly a VTOL
              • malory
                maloryFriday, February 7, 2020 at 7:45 am
                super cool
                • bball12341
                  bball12341Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 5:16 am
                  that was cool
                  • bball12341
                    bball12341Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 5:12 am
                    that was cool
                    • greglolymore
                      greglolymoreFriday, January 31, 2020 at 10:34 am
                      he is superman WITHOUT POWERS AND SKILL