First flight of CopterPack, the human drone
From Australia, this flying suit comes to us that allows anyone to move as if it were a drone. How does it work?
There are quite a few flying suits or jetpacks, but most run on fuel, because a lot of energy is required to transport a person. CopterPack is a battery operated electric flying suit, so it does not pollute.
Another advantage that it provides, very important in this type of technology, is the low noise. Flying suits with fuel engines make a lot of noise, so they cannot be used in urban environments, or where there are a lot of people.
As we see in the following video, what stands out the most about this CopterPack son the two huge propellers, which simulate a drone. Have 90 centimeters in diameter, so they are quite large:
These these huge rotating propellers are necessary when using batteries, as a jet’s lack of power is offset by the diameter of the propellers. An authentic drone urbano.
These motors are joined by means of a carbon nanotube casing to the fastening on the back, and to the batteries that the pilot carries behind. Surprisingly small batteries, compared to the rest of the suit.
The flying contraption is controlled by means of some controls that the pilot carries in his hands. We assume that each one is in charge of a propeller, and depending on whether they turn more or less fast, the turns occur.
What is most surprising about the video is the extraordinary stability of the CopterPack. The turns are smooth and efficient, and the landing is uneventful.
We are missing a lot of data, such as how long the battery lasts, or how high and fast it can reach.
And there are very unclear aspects, such as pilot safety. To the point that it doesn’t exist: it’s just a person in a stuffed suit, and two engines on his back. A fall from several meters could be fatal. And there is no auxiliary safety motor. We assume that it is an aspect that they will improve.
Australian company CopterPack will offer more information shortly at their website. But this start looks quite promising.