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Manned drone, backpack helicopter, electric jetpack? What is CopterPack?

Personal flight is a fascinating concept. It has dominated comic books and pop culture for decades. And to replicate that flying feeling, people across the world have resorted to everything from skydiving and paragliding to, more recently, wingsuiting. Now, the spotlight is on jetpacks and manned drones, like CopterPack.

A new video released this month shows an unnamed pilot don what seems to be a blend of an all-electric jetpack and a multirotor drone. The system is called CopterPack, created by an Australian company of the same name.

The pilot effortlessly takes off from his standing position on the ground, like any typical vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drone would. This is when you realize that the system may look bulky, but it is actually a pretty lightweight airframe. The company says it is constructed from a “carbon fiber honeycomb.”

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Further, in the next 40 seconds or so, it becomes evident that CopterPack is quite stable and easily controllable. You see…

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Source: dronedj.com