03 May 2012

Jesus and the Jet Man

Jetman Yves Rossy recently had an up close and personal encounter with Rio's Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer), one of the most famous landmarks in the world. The encounter was made possible by Rossy's rocket-powered wing, his own creation.

Jetman Yves Rossy and Cristo Redentor

This morning PopSci’s favorite Jetman, Yves Rossy, strapped on his four-engine rigid wing, took a helicopter up into the skies above Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, and once again let it rip. Leaping from the helicopter over Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, Rossy zipped around the skies over Rio for more than 11 minutes, taking in some famous Rio landmarks along the way...

... Moving between roughly 120 and 180 miles per hour throughout the flight, Rossy circled Corcovado (home of the iconic “Christ the Redeemer” statue pictured above) before turning south to snap photo with other well-known locales like Ipanema, Copacabana, and Sugar Loaf Mountain before parachuting directly onto Copacabana beach. _PopSci
Such dangerous adventure toys are not for everyone -- only for dangerous children such as Yves Rossy. But such toys do extend the reach of the humans who are capable of making and using them. From the atmosphere to the deep sea to boundless space -- the dangerous children of Earth aim to meet their maker, one way or another.


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