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Watch: first autonomous human flight takes place in Dubai

Dubai Crown Prince hails team behind three-minute flight controlled from the ground

Watch: first autonomous human flight takes place in Dubai
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Dubai Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, has hailed the team behind the first autonomous human flight held in Dubai.

A video shared by Sheikh on his Instagram account was accompanied by the words: “A major milestone in the quest to achieve 100% autonomous human flight. Well done boys.”

On Friday, Jetman Vince Reffet took off, headed towards Jumeirah Beach Residence, and reached 1000 metres in 30 seconds at an average speed of 130 knots.

At the end of a three-minute flight punctuated by a roll and a loop, Reffet opened his parachute before landing back at Skydive Dubai.

Controlled from the ground, the equipment enabled Jetman Dubai to reach speeds of 400km per hr, as well as hovering, changing direction and performing loops.

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