Look, up in the sky! Is it a plane? Is it Superman? No, it’s the first-ever Jetman flying across Dubai in a world first human flight programme on their quest to achieve autonomous human flight. And it’s outstanding.
Expo 2020 Dubai and Jetman Dubai has gotten a world-first, with Jetman pilot Vince Reffet successfully launching into the air from the runway of Skydive Dubai – flying up to 1,800m altitude.
Going up into the air on Friday February 14, the milestone proved that a Jetman can take-off from the ground from a standing start without the need for an elevated platform, transitioning into a high-altitude flight.
Pilot Reffet was equipped with a carbon fibre wing, powered by four mini jet engines. He was in full control, and reached speeds of a whopping 400km/h – as well as hovering, changing direction and performing loops.
Reffet then took off and headed south towards JBR, travelling at an average speed of 240kmh, he climbed 100m in the air in eight seconds, 200m in 12 seconds, 500m in 19 seconds and 1,000m in 30 seconds.
At the end of his three-minute flight, Reffet performed a roll and a loop at 1,800m altitude, before opening his parachute at 1,500m and landing back at Skydive Dubai.
It’s all about safety of course, as the Jetman did 50 preparatory flights, with more than 100 take-offs and landings under a cable and with the safety of a fall-arresting system.
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“We are so happy we achieved this incredible flight. It’s the result of extremely thorough teamwork, where each small step generated huge results,” said Jetman pilot Vince Reffet after the flight.
“Everything was planned to the split second, and I was overjoyed by the progress that was achieved. It is another step in a long-term project. One of the next objectives is to land back on the ground after a flight at altitude, without needing to open a parachute. It’s being worked on.”
Even better, development will continue over the next few months leading up to Expo 2020 Dubai, as Mission: Human Flight has also been training Ahmed Alshehhi, the first Emirati Jetman.
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Question is, is Jetman going to be a real-life superhero?