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


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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  • raradyvy-156828659277
    raradyvy-156828659277Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 2:01 pm
    if only i had a jet suit lol
    • ap3x129
      ap3x129Tuesday, 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
              • snowpup29
                snowpup29Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 7:43 am
                I would love to fly in it
                • 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