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Welcome to Flying Contraptions!

We will be attempting to bring links and news items regarding the weird, unusual, and up and coming flying contraptions! We are working hard to aquire relevant content, so please be patient with us. Our goal is to match the integrity and style that was part of the original site.


Finally...Jetpacks to Go on Sale Later This Year!

After nearly 30 years in development, New Zealand's Martin Aircraft Company is finally gearing up to sell its jetpack: two rockets driven by a 2-liter, 200-horsepower engine that can theoretically take you as high as 8,000 feet. (Full story...)


Rocket Belt

The Rocket Belt, also popularly called the Jet Pack, Jet Flying Belt, Jet Belt, and Jet Vest, is a small personal propulsion device strapped to the back of an individual that enables a man to use low-power rocket propulsion to rapidly but safely travel or leap over short distances like small rivers or ravines and land upright on his feet. During the early 1960's the U.S. military seriously studied these devices as potential aids to combat soldiers especially in tight tactical situations. However, the 20 + second duration of the rocket fuel required for the belt was found to be too short-lived for the device to be practical and the idea was abandoned.


How Rocket Packs Work

Rocket packs contain three substances that make up a chemical reaction that produces thrust:

• Hydrogen-peroxide propellant
• High-pressure nitrogen gas
• Samarium-nitrate-coated silver (which acts as a catalyst)

Two metal tanks mounted on the rocket pack are filled with a total of about 6 gallons (23 liters) of hydrogen-peroxide propellant. When the operator opens the throttle, the high-pressure nitrogen gas is released, forcing the hydrogen peroxide into a catalyst chamber. Once inside the catalyst chamber, the hydrogen peroxide reacts with the silver material, which turns the hydrogen peroxide into a high-pressure, superheated steam that measures 1,370 degrees Fahrenheit (743 degrees Celsius).

The steam shoots out through two bent tubes that run from the top of the tank down the side, just behind the operator's arms. The tubes are wrapped in insulation so that no heat is lost. Because of the heat, the operator must wear a heat-resistant suit to prevent burns. Water and vapor exiting from the two nozzles at the end of the exhaust tubes produce more than 300 pounds of thrust, which is more than enough to propel a person into the air for a short rocket flight.

Rocket packs are unlikely to become commercially marketed products due to their drawbacks. While they have been tested at speeds of over 100 mph (161 kph), they lack the agility displayed by Millennium Jet's XFV. Also, a rocket pack uses up its 6 gallons of fuel in just 30 seconds of flight, whereas the XFV can travel for more than three hours on 10 gallons of gasoline. No company is currently working on a rocket-pack design, and the RB 2000 has not been tested since 1995 due to legal battles among its designers.


Williams Wasp (X-Jet)

The WASP (Williams Aerial Survey Platform) had a jet engine on the bottom; a single occupant essentially stood on the fuel tank. Williams International, in Walled Lake, Michigan, makes little fanjet engines for cruise missiles, which were ideal for one-man jet belts. Bell worked with them on a jet belt with 7-minute endurance, which first flew on 7 April 1969. Later Williams developed the WASP, later renamed the "X-JET", which looked like a pilot standing in a garbage can. The 600-pound turbofan was mounted in front of the pilot, and the WASP could stay airborne for 30 minutes, reach speeds of 60 mph, and land in a four-square-foot area. It is unknown where the project stands today. It was a contract with the Army Tank Automotive Command. NOTE: If anyone can contribute information regarding the status of the Williams Wasp (X-Jet), please e-mail us.



We Should Have Flying Cars by Now!

That seems to be the consensus from a recent poll
. Back in the 1960's, it seemed like a foregone conclusion. But mankind seems to underestimate the amount of time it takes to evolve technologically in some areas, while accelerating at light speed in others. Imagine if the Romans had invented the battery or lightbulb, as was almost the case!



Know of a Great Flying Contraption Site?

We're on the lookout for quality site to which we will link for the benefit of our visitors. Please use some of the links to the left to get more information about these weird and wonderful devices! Please see the links page to see how to put a link on this website.



FEATURE ARTICLES

Location Management

To the keen observer, activity on any film set can seem to be ranging from being abject boredom to absolute chaos. But before there can even be a film set outside of the studio, a location scout must first find the suitable site, and, if a seperate person, submit the site to the location manager to negotiate all the contractual, logistical, and governmental issues required to make the site work.

In the Hollywood and Los Angeles areas, there are some 400 location managers, most of whom also do most of the location scouting as well. To assist them in their search for the perfect location, most rely on many sources. More experienced ones will have an extensive location database, gathered from their years of experiences.

Location libraries and location agencies are extremely valuable resources. Although many newbie scouts tend to see these entities as being in competition with them, or that using them somehow will belittle them in the eyes of their superiors, most experienced scouts understand and appreciate their value.

Film commissions are another invaluable resource available to location scouts.

 

ScreenFreaks Video Pitching

ScreenFreaks.com is a novel new video sharing website which is intended to allow young (and young at heart) filmmakers and screenplay writers pitch their projects to relevant industry personnel. However, all video must be EXACTLY one minute in length. Emphasis will be placed on episodic video productions ('webisodes') and artistic expression. ScreenFreaks is both non-denominational and apolitical, and hate speech from any direction will never be approved.

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