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>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIT_Daedalus
Why would you want flying cars when there's this? Soon will be the era of flying bikes.
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>>1813747
>fuckhuge wingspan
>get a cramp - die
I’m all for personal aero-transport but human powered is a recipe for disaster
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>>1813747
Dream on.
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>>1813757
Just glide if you get too tired
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>>1813747
>Why would you want flying cars when there's this?
because cyclecopter
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>>1813837
>Longest hover flight by a man: Trefor Evans, 87 seconds
Yeah, the cycle plane is the better idea
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>>1813747
>a light wind gust arise
>your SOG now is 0.

Very nice cant wait to happen
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>>1814130
once you're in the air you just glide
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>72.4 miles
>3h54m
>altitude ~20ft
>crash lands
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>human-powered aircraft
How cool. I never knew about this.

https://youtu.be/kdwLB0yoGmE

Imagine how awesome it would feel to have your own little pedal aircraft that you could use to fly a few meters off the ground around the countryside. Too bad about that wingspan; I suppose that alone makes this a very impractical device, but it makes me wonder what engineers could do with modern advances in material science.

Reminds me of hydrocycles. I wish they were more popular and more refined because they seem like the ultimate idea for an affordable personal boat.

>>1813757
Nah man, the thing is slow and flies just a few meters off the ground. All you'd get is a few bruises.
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>>1814131
...backwards if you happen to want to go against the wind.
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>>1813757
Hear me out: Blimp bikes
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>>1813747
>I can't fit in that!
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>>1814268
Now this I could get into
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>>1814268
Attempts have been and still are being made, but the latest information I have say that such a device is yet to cross the English Channel and the most recent attempt was foiled by a light breeze.
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>>1814268
>>1814340
https://youtu.be/J67p4MB6xOk
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>>1813747
>Soon will be the era of flying bikes.
In the pouring rain
When it's 97 degrees out
In heavy snow
With high winds
When it's 7 degrees out
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>>1814268
>Blimp bikes
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>>1814257
Is the idea here to use this with paddles? Pretty good full body workout.
>in b4 >>>/fit/
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>>1814268
What about...

BLIMP TRAIN BIKES.

You pedal on the blimp throug a dinamo.
THe elctricity goes to the train.
Even with wind you still get pulled in the right direction and you enjoy the scenery.
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>>1820707
WE NEED TO GO DEEPER
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I'm not athletic enough to fly a flying bike.
I do, however, wish there were tools to let bikes or scooters do short glides or hops. I'd love to get over canals that way.
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>>1814257
>it makes me wonder what engineers could do with modern advances in material science.

Very little actually. Daedalus was already constructed with the wings being supported by long carbon fiber rods and covered in thin mylar material. You could shave very little weight off the basic design. The main problem as others pointed out is you're working as hard as you can to even stay in level flight, you have nothing in reserve to fight the wind. You also have to be able to put out 200 watts just to get off the ground, 280watts to actually fly the thing.
P.s. pedal powered boats are always shit because of the bobbing pedaling induces in any boat small enough to be pedal powered.
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>>1822836
Sounds like it's only a problem if you're a wattlet. 280 is easy to do for a couple hours to any watt supremacists.
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>>1820805
And the boat pulls carriages on top of a coastal rail network
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>>1822867
Now how many of those guys have 6 figures to spend on a rickety "airplane" with a do not exceed speed of 21mph that can only be flown on still days with no passenger? For maybe a few hours at a time?
Human powered flight is going to unfortunately remain an university engineering competition gimmick until we have colonies on the moon/mars or we get serious about genetic engineering people.
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>>1822875
The Moon doesn't have an atmosphere.
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>>1813747
>Fly in something called Daedalus
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>>1813747
Oh god yes PLEASE, I want a grandpa who is "in the best shape of his life!" foot to slip off the pedal for a second so he can panic and flatspin two thousand feet to the ground, hollering and crying the entire way. FAA may be ran by incompetent dinosaurs waiting to die, but Ill be damned if allowing geriatrics to be recorded in their final moments filling their colonoscopy bags as they realize they aint shit wasn't the best thing ever. god bless black boxes and god bless ATC recordings.
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>>1822889
Yet.
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>>1822913
>Fly in something called Amogus
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>>1823405
Do you have a link to these
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>>1824105
just look up general aviation fatal crash recordings on youtube. lots of "uhhhh miss ATC can you give me more fuel I ran out??? im not declaring an emergency by the w-"
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>>1813747
Ultralights go farther than those shitboxes and don't require licenses.
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Buy a paramotor



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