Since the 1950s, modern man has dreamed about strapping on some type of rocket to his back and jetting off to work or play. This was supposed to be the future of travel. Back in 1953 when the first jet pack was built by Bell
Labs Aerospace, every ten-year old kid dreamed of the not-too-distant future, say… 1990 or 2000 when such an invention would be a simple household appliance. Just like flying cars, for example.
Well, unfortunately, science has let us down; the jet pack is no more a reality these days than a transporter.
According to Popular Mechanics, however, two companies are now trying to live up to the failed promises of science by making jet packs available to the public.
Tecnologia Aeroespacial Mexicana, for example, is selling a $250,000 jet pack that runs on hydrogen peroxide and keeps its wearer aloft for a whopping 30 seconds. Jetpack International offers a cheaper version for $155,000 that provides three more seconds of lift. Oh boy! (Click here to see video).
Here’s the interesting news, however. Both companies are promising advanced models within the year that are powered by either propane or actual jet fuel. The lift time with these more combustible fuels is expected to be 19 minutes.
Now we’re talking!
Or are they just toying with us again? Please Mr. Scientist, don’t crush our dreams like you did before. Little Jimmy wants to fly!!!