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Monday, August 05, 2019

French inventor Franky Zapata successfully flew from France to England on an airborne flyboard, Sunday, August 4. The 40-year-old completed the 35 kilometer journey in under a half hour.

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Wow! That looks like fun!

#1 | Posted by danni at 2019-08-05 08:19 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It's fun right until he gets his first flameout.

#2 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-08-05 08:38 AM | Reply

Been there, done that...
-Marty McFly

(Still about the coolest thing to come down the pike in a long time)

#3 | Posted by catdog at 2019-08-05 08:57 AM | Reply

I wonder what implications this has for that multi-billion dollar border wall?

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2019-08-05 08:59 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I wonder what implications this has for that multi-billion dollar border wall?

#4 | POSTED BY ZED AT 2019-08-05 08:59 AM | FLAG:

Lots of immigrants flying across the border with $36,000 in turbines strapped to their feet?

#5 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-08-05 09:00 AM | Reply

"Lots of immigrants flying across the border with $36,000 in turbines strapped to their feet?"

Pretending that it takes $36,000 worth of turbines to go over a stupid wall. Build your wall, you'll be just as safe as China was from the Mongols.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2019-08-05 09:07 AM | Reply

#6 | POSTED BY DANNI AT 2019-08-05 09:07 AM | REPLY

It's sad somebody will go to their grave without ever having a sense of humor.

#7 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-08-05 09:13 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

You don't even see the benefit in flying over the wall with a turbine footboard.

You can fly from Cuidad and last beyond the Walmart in El Paso. Huge win there.

#8 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-08-05 09:15 AM | Reply

"It's sad somebody will go to their grave without ever having a sense of humor."

Oh I've got a sense of humor alright, how else do you think I could tolerate your idiotic posts? With some folks posting here we'd be crying if we couldn't laugh.

#9 | Posted by danni at 2019-08-05 09:23 AM | Reply

How much does that cost? I want one.

#10 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-08-05 09:32 AM | Reply

$250,000 for the Flyboard Air.

#11 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-08-05 09:33 AM | Reply

Oh I've got a sense of humor alright

#9 | POSTED BY DANNI AT 2019-08-05 09:23 AM | FLAG:

Your posts are just a bitter, sad character filled with hate. It's depressing.

#12 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-08-05 09:33 AM | Reply | Funny: 3 | Newsworthy 2

"Your posts are just a bitter, sad character filled with hate. It's depressing."

Read what you just posted and realize you are what you accuse me of being. I'll agree though, you are depressed.

#13 | Posted by danni at 2019-08-05 09:50 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I watched him fly over the water and the first thing that came to mind was "man over board"

#14 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2019-08-05 11:23 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

It's depressing............#12 | POSTED BY SITZKRIEG

you ever think about suicide?

#15 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2019-08-05 11:25 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Mackris has outsourced to an old factory in Mexico to make knock-offs of this board to sell to peasants fleeing their poor violent countries in So America.

His billboard at the border wall shows an entire family stacked on top the "Amigo Board" with a caption saying they should "fly the friendly skies over America".

#16 | Posted by Corky at 2019-08-05 12:29 PM | Reply

"Zapata has worked with the US and French militaries, with the French investing $1.4 million to pay for tests of the board. French special forces are interested in the flying board for several uses, including as a possible assault device, said Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly, according to CNN affiliate BFMTV."

Of course.

"Franky Zapata: Yes, the thing I have on my back is like a Camelbak but it's full of kerosene. Jet A1.

What kind of controls are on the remote?

That's just throttle for the four turboengines on the board. Two more are on the sides for stabilization.

Can you tell me more about how it works? How many engines are in there?

We have four engines inside, and the power is 250 horsepower each. It's about 1,000 horsepower total.

How do you keep it stabilized? Is there something helping you other than you just shifting your weight?

It's a logic system inside the board that helps stabilize the machine. It's extremely hard to stabilize, so yes it's not only my balance. For example, we use like the same kind of electronics like you use on a drone to stabilize. The problem is to create the algorithms, the right algorithms, to combine the intelligence in the board and in your brain. So we spent about four months to make that work.

What are those algorithms controlling to help stabilize, is it just thrust level?

No. We adjust the top speed of the small turbines on the side, and also the inclination of the turboreactors itself. So it's like we have six systems working together plus my brain and my legs.

So it will actually change the angle of those turbines?

Yes, it changes the angle of the turbines, it changes the angle of the thrust nozzle, we adjust also the power for each engine, and also we adjust the thrust of the side turbines, the small ones.

Would anybody be able to ride this without any Flyboard experience?

Oh, no. It's impossible to ride it before you have a minimum of 50 or 100 hours in the original Flyboard with water. Also, if you want to try it, you must have seven lives, like the cat. [Laughs]

more of the interview

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#17 | Posted by Corky at 2019-08-05 02:28 PM | Reply

Catapults are cheaper.

#18 | Posted by Petrous at 2019-08-05 04:45 PM | Reply

The problem is the French military having these.

Germany would have wondered why these unmanned boards were flying overhead.

#19 | Posted by Petrous at 2019-08-05 04:46 PM | Reply

Did anybody explain to the French how drones work?

#20 | Posted by Vaquero at 2019-08-05 05:35 PM | Reply

Now the French can retreat at 80 mph, 500 feet above ground.

#21 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-05 05:40 PM | Reply

Awesome. Technology is a beautiful thing.

#22 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-08-05 05:55 PM | Reply

#15 | POSTED BY 1947STEAMER AT 2019-08-05 11:25 AM | FLAG:

I'm cool. Sweet life. Have you read how histrionic the posts here are though? It's like a car accident. Sad, but you can't stop watching.

#23 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-08-05 06:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"We have four engines inside, and the power is 250 horsepower each. It's about 1,000 horsepower total."

Divide by 10, or he'd shoot himself into orbit at 3728 watts/lb. 200 watts/lb will give anything unlimited vertical until the fuel runs out.

#24 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-08-05 06:26 PM | Reply

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