What is the way forward for aviation?

What it is:

A jet pack may be a convenient apparatus that you wear on your back so as to permit short-range flight. There is a distinction between a jet pack, a rocket pack using a rocket belt, but basically, all of them work on the similar theory. In case you wondered, Jet engines include two openings (an intake and an exhaust nozzle), whereas a rocket only has 1.

A jetpack, of any type, is likely to become driven by jets of escaping gas.

There are many personal airborne gadgets that do truly work, however the jet pack, in spite of the overall silliness of that notion, still captures the imaginations of authors, inventors and adventurers the world over. Much so, that in spite of many (many) conceptual setbacks presented by the theory, working ‘rocket belts’ have in reality been created (and used) for some time now. This is a fact that makes me extremely merry.

Why we would like it:

Because being able to fly will be ridiculously awesome, as would being able to soar naturally over the busy streets, traffic jams and cars blaring out crappy music 24 hours a day.

A trip to those shops could be so friggin’ breathtaking that the average jet pack-owning household would almost certainly make sufficient shopping trips to single-handedly save the economy. Or something.

When can we expect it?

Jet packs are risky (most need large quantities of enormously combustible Hydrogen Peroxide in order to work). They’re also overly luxurious (Hydrogen Peroxide does not come cheap) and insanely hazardous as well as being (I’m sorry to state) wholly and absolutely illogical as the mode of transportation.

Having said, Eric Scott piloted the ‘Go Fast Sports’ Rocket Belt in San Carlos, CA in 2008, the flight was a short one, but impressive nonetheless. Similar demonstrations of rocket packs/belts can be seen via a quick trip to Youtube. All of the flights are short and wildly anarchic, but they all seem like a lot of fun.

So, when do I get my own jet pack?

A few years ago, a rumour circulated that it was possible to develop a fully functioning jet pack from objects available about the Internet. It is not (and you’d be foolish to even try). Alas, true jet packs, the kind seen in sci fi serials as a safe, cheap, dependable means of personal transport, remain in the domain of science fiction, a place where they’ll probable stay forever.

Will the jet pack ever be a bona-fide way of transportation for the general community? No. Never, but it is nonetheless fun to fantasize.

Cool Factor: 5/5

Jet packs? Come on, there’s nothing more grand than that, clearly?

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