"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
  • lotigace-157106077767
    lotigace-157106077767Friday, January 17, 2020 at 5:13 pm
    Cool I want to fly in one of those!!
    • ada4
      ada4Friday, January 17, 2020 at 4:31 pm
      That is superduper amazing
      • reagan223
        reagan223Friday, January 17, 2020 at 1:55 pm
        Wow, that's awesome! It would be so cool to fly in one of those!
        • ada4
          ada4Friday, January 17, 2020 at 4:32 pm
          You're right! And I agree with you
        • wolfbane
          wolfbaneFriday, January 17, 2020 at 8:55 am
          soooo cool
          • wolfbane
            wolfbaneFriday, January 17, 2020 at 8:55 am
            it is like he is iron man but superman to
            • wolfbane
              wolfbaneFriday, January 17, 2020 at 8:45 am
              soo cool me need one :P
              • gomobaco-157106077766
                gomobaco-157106077766Friday, January 17, 2020 at 10:57 am
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              • wolfbane
                wolfbaneFriday, January 17, 2020 at 8:42 am
                so cool it is like iron man + superman into one
                • chanyag264
                  chanyag264Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 6:33 pm
                  wow that so cool
                  • pumpkineater
                    pumpkineaterThursday, January 16, 2020 at 3:38 pm
                    Dogonews: Jetman Elton John: Rocket man
                    • comando3
                      comando3Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 10:08 am
                      you asome