NASA Announces Designs for Personal Flying Suit

DAN SALTZSTEIN writes in the NY Times:

Forget the Segway. Leave that jet pack behind. NASA is working on a personal flying suit.

Conceptual designs for the experimental vehicle, called Puffin, were introduced by Mark D. Moore, an aerospace engineer at NASA’s Langley Research Center, at a meeting of the American Helicopter Society on Jan. 20 in San Francisco. The Puffin is designed to be 12 feet in length, with a total wingspan of 14 and a half feet; it would weigh in at 300 pounds (without a pilot).

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2 Comments on "NASA Announces Designs for Personal Flying Suit"

  1. Tailoredvagabond | Jan 26, 2010 at 11:56 am |

    Amazing – we've all the technology for doing this safely, ground/surface proximity sensors for automatic landings, sat nav, pre-programmable routes, etc.

    One thing you're not going to get ruond the nut who wants to “dodge” airliners at the end of teh runway.

    …and bird strikes at sub-chute level bail-outs. That thing doesn't look like it can fly on one rotor!!

    Exciting concept though.

  2. santosfabian | Jan 26, 2010 at 9:05 pm |

    i want one

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