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Boeing slams $2m on the desk, bellows: Now where's my jetpack?

Boeing and its pals today offered a whopping $2m (£1.49m) in prizes to anyone who can design and build a working “personal flying device." The GoFly competition aims to spur on the development of safe, quiet, ultra-compact jetpacks that can hover, take off and land, and fly for at least 20 miles. "Now is the time,” as the …
Katyanna Quach, 26 Sep 2017
Our playmonaut tries out a jetpack, watched by a circling vulture

DARPA-backed jetpack prototype built to make soldiers run faster

Vid Students are working on a test build of a wearable jetpack that could help soldiers run faster on the field of combat. The project dubbed 4MM, or 4 Minute Mile, has been backed by the US defence agency DARPA. It was dreamed up by Arizona State University faculty mentor Jason Kerestes, who built a prototype of the jetpack. …
Team Register, 13 Sep 2014
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Kiwi jetpack gets all-clear for manned tests

A decade of testing is close to paying off for New Zealand company Martin Aircraft Company, which has announced that it has received certification to conduct manned test flights for its Martin Jetpack. The New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority has given the outfit the go-ahead to conduct manned flights of its twelfth prototype …
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Swiss jetwing backpack-birdman flies the Grand Canyon

Vid Swiss aerial daredevil Yves Rossy, aka "Jetman" has completed his latest feat successfully, leaping from a helicopter to hurtle across the Grand Canyon using his unique strap-on, jet-powered personal aeroplane before descending to land by parachute. Rossy's previous feats have included a flight across the English Channel and …
Lewis Page, 11 May 2011
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'Jetpack' inventors: US military showing interest. Honest

A New Zealand company founded by a garage inventor says it is in talks to sell its so-called "Jetpack" - actually a personal ducted-fan aircraft too heavy to be lifted by its user - to the US military. The Martin 'Jetpack' in hover tests Stupid background projection out of focus again. The New Zealand Herald reported at …
Lewis Page, 6 Sep 2010
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Mozilla straps on Jetpack 0.4

Mozilla has released a fourth version of Jetpack, less than a month since it spun out its last developer kit to web developers. Jetpack 0.4 includes four new high-level APIs for coders to play with. The open source organisation said it had held back some APIs that it had planned for this release of the add-on software …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 May 2010
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Mozilla lights up Jetpack 0.3 release with API goodness

Mozilla released version 0.3 of its Jetpack software development kit (SDK) yesterday. Importantly the latest release, currently being readied for the big time with a planned slot into the open source outfit’s popular browser Firefox, now comes with two high-level APIs. Previous releases came minus any APIs for building rich …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Apr 2010
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Mozilla Jetpack flies out of laboratory into loving arms of Firefox

Mozilla has promoted its web extensions prototype package - Jetpack - by pushing it upstairs and readying it for production with its Firefox browser. The outfit said yesterday that it had created the first release of a software development kit (SDK) for Jetpack to show off the platform's "foundations and extensibility". …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Mar 2010
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Strap-on jetwing birdman does an Icarus into Straits of Gibraltar

Renowned backpack birdman Yves Rossy has suffered yet another mishap during an attempt to fly across the Straits of Gibraltar. Windy conditions were blamed by organisers after the Swiss daredevil plunged into the sea minutes after leaping from a small aircraft above Morocco, having intended to land in Spain. Yves Rossy soars …
Lewis Page, 25 Nov 2009
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Jetpack 0.6 dishes up two major APIs for Firefox add-on coders

Mozilla Labs has released a new version of Jetpack, just two months after the last iteration of its Firefox web extensions package landed. Jetpack 0.6 comes loaded with two major APIs, said Mozilla. One is a secure preferences system and the other allows coders to add and modify menus. The experimental project began life in …
Kelly Fiveash, 9 Nov 2009
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Mozilla Labs bootstraps on another Jetpack

Mozilla Labs has launched a new version of its Firefox web extensions package just a few days after Google opened up support for extensions in its Chrome browser. The open source outfit has dubbed Mozilla’s Jetpack 0.5 “the bootstrap edition”. It comes loaded with more features, API and an updated Twitter library for …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Sep 2009
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Swiss strap-on jetplane ace flies Channel

Renowned Swiss birdman Yves Rossy has, after several weather-related setbacks, finally flown over the English Channel using his unique backpack jetplane. Leaping from a plane 8,000 feet above Calais, Rossy extended his wings, fired up his four mini jet engines and zoomed across the Channel in less than ten minutes, following …
Lewis Page, 26 Sep 2008
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Extra-heavy minicopter 'Jetpack' astounds world+dog

The big story on the gadget beat this week is undoubtedly the Kiwi ducted-fan "jetpack", now on show at the AirVenture expo in Wisconsin. The Martin Jetpack, decades in development by NZ garage inventor Glenn Martin, has suddenly achieved worldwide fame largely due to the fact that a New York Times scribe had a bit of a hover …
Lewis Page, 30 Jul 2008
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Swiss birdman in Alpine backpack-jetplane stunt flight

Famous backpack-jetplane pilot Yves Rossy has given his most daring public performance yet, leaping from an ordinary aeroplane to perform a variety of stunts above the Swiss Alps. He says he will fly his four-engined strapon flying wing across the English Channel later this year. Yves Rossy soars to glory Only the most …
Lewis Page, 15 May 2008
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Robot aircraft 'sense and avoid' gear in flight tests

US aerospace titan Northrop Grumman has commenced flight tests of new "sense and avoid" technology which could be fitted to existing and future unmanned aircraft - or indeed to the long-awaited flying cars - allowing them to fly routinely in civilian airspace. At present, planes which don't carry qualified pilots are subject to …
Lewis Page, 2 May 2008
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Bond - Fleming expo opens at Imperial War Museum

In just over a week it will be exactly a hundred years since the birth of Ian Fleming, wartime intelligence officer and creator of cultural icon James Bond 007. To mark the occasion, the Imperial War Museum in London has opened a special Fleming'n'Bond themed exhibit, For Your Eyes Only, which will run until May '09. Aware of …
Lewis Page, 20 Apr 2008

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