Thursday, December 1, 2011

Where's my personal jet-pack?

Growing up in the 70s, I assumed like most other kids that adulthood would bring with it a Jetsons style personal jet-pack. Alas like so many childhood assumptions I was wrong.

The dream of the average punter purchasing a commercially available jet-pack from The Warehouse that could provide a viable means of transport doesn't seem to be happening any time soon. In fact up until now jet pack advancements seem to be advancing at a snail's pace.

We've had a Kiwi inventor achieve a manned "flight" in a bulky fan powered jet pack by lifting a few metres in the air. Unfortunately "Jetman" Yves Rossy requires a helicopter to lift him off the ground, however once he jumps out at altitude and fires up four jet engines attached to a rigid wing - a little magic happens. 

Sometime in the future, motels, with their typical open plan cobblestone court areas will make a perfect landing target for jet-pack holiday makers touching down after a flight.

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