I'd like to learn about the design as well. However, I like it when young engineers or in this case a student start to think outside the box and look at ideas that may be overlooked by others. It's a good opportunity for us "others" to take a second look at something like plastic ball bearings. I've had a little experience with plastic bearings at lower temps. My experience was positive because of the chemical resistance of the plastic.
Another idea may be to use plastic slides rather than bearings in some instances. In some designs a roller bearing type system may be a little overkill.
That something has always been done that way is the worst reason for not changing it ! Congrats to most people for trying new ways, just evaluate the risks, the failures and be careful. Far too many fail and don't put much effort into finding out why.
They all jumped on one error but missed the part about the bearings not being in the high temperature area. So, although there is a serious error, it is in a different area..
If the bearings are replaced every few flights, it would be very interesting to know why, since I don't do any applications where service that often would be accepted. In fact, A lot more information about the jetpack would be interesting. I don't think that the location of the jets was obvious, in fact, I did not see anything that looked like a jet any place above the wearers cg. and so I would really like to know how it is made to be stable. It does seem to be quite different from the other jetpacks that I have seen. So more information on that part would be good.
I do wonder more than a little about the durability of the IGUS bearings if they must be replaced that often, how about a description of why?
Welcome to the world of flight. For the pilot's safety and longevity, a bearing that keeps him secured to his craft is an important component. The aviation authorities probably thinks so as well. This old guy would rather see an established material used with a robust configuration (AKA overkill) on this critical component until the loading parameters are better defined and the plastic bearing can be tested and confirmed to a much higher reliability. Why do you think aircraft cost so much?
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