To understand how popular flight suits and jetpacks are, just browse social media. It is clear, however, that most of these personal flying devices run on thermal energy, which is fuel.
If manufacturers prefer to use gasoline or kerosene, it is because transporting a person takes a lot of energy. The design of the CopterPack was therefore associated with great challenges. This new means of passenger transport, inspired by the jetpack, can not only protrude several meters above the ground, but also has the special feature of running on electrical energy. In addition, it is not harmful to the environment and emits less noise.
A presentation video that suggests a good start
To show the effectiveness of its product, the Australian company released a video that lasts a little over a minute. Apparently, you can fly the CopterPack without being an experienced helicopter pilot.
A few more hours of training are required for your own safety and for optimal use of the machine. You must also equip yourself with a helmet and wear a protective suit. As Newatlas points out, the CopterPack is only equipped with two rotors. These are each attached with a diameter of approx. 90 cm directly to what appears to be a backpack.
Maneuver based on vector thrust
According to Futurism, its builder calls the CopterPack an “electric backpack helicopter with autopilot and automatic leveling”. Suffice it to say that the machine promises great stability in flight as well as excellent handling.
In contrast to conventional drones, whose flight path control requires a variation of the rotor speed, the maneuvers in this amazing electric private helicopter are based on vector thrust. In other words, to take off, land, go forward, move left / right and back, the pilot changes the angle of inclination of the rotors with the controls that he carries in his hands.
“The machine moves in the direction the joystick is tilted. But when the operator lets go of the latter, “the autopilot stabilizes the aircraft” by tilting it back and forth, “said the company, noted Sputniknews.
Aspects still unclear
What also impressed us is the mediocre battery size. A detail that unfortunately suggests that the CopterPack’s autonomy is inevitably limited to a few minutes. As it is currently a prototype, it is not known whether the final version will benefit from a more powerful PSU.
Image Credit: CopterPack
In any case, there is still a lot to learn about this extraordinary aircraft. The price and the measures to improve pilot safety are not known. Indeed, the equipment he is wearing will not be of much use in the event of a fall from several feet. It goes without saying that the Australian company behind the project will soon be posting more information on its website. In the meantime we let you admire their work.