It’s always exciting when technological advances give people the ability to travel in new ways. I’m extremely excited after learning about the world’s first commercial jet pack, which is powered by dual propellers that could elevate users high into the air.
The jet pack was invented by New Zealander Glenn Martin and unveiled last July. The device is 5 feet in length by 5 1/2 feet in width and weighs about 250 pounds. One of the biggest concerns, of course, is safety. The Jetpack includes a ballistic parachute system in case of failure, and a roll cage to protect pilots from side impact. Although a pilot license is not required, users must first complete a training program in Christchurch, New Zealand at the company headquarters. Videos have recently surfaced in several places around the Internet showing users testing out the Jetpack.
Richard Lauder, CEO of the company, said that there will be 500 Jetpacks made available each year that will cost about $76,000. His company is now starting to take orders for this device. The Jetpack will probably be initially used for military purposes or as an alternative method for emergency response. For users that can afford the hefty price tag, this technological invention will prove to be a thrill, allowing them the ability travel in style and beat traffic jams instantly.
Even if there are some glitches to be worked out such as rules of navigation in the air to avoid crashing into airplanes or buildings, being able to levitate vertically is definitely a welcomed step towards the future. The idea of flying suits has been in our popular culture since the 1920′s, appearing in various science fiction novels, cartoons such as The Jetsons, and contemporary movies such as the Fifth Element. After all the decades spent predicting this development, one would think that we would all be wearing flying suits by now. It may have been a long time coming, but this is a development that could really revolutionize transportation in the 21st century. Are you ready to kiss the future?