The Jetsons were on the Cartoon Network. How would the family of four use silver bullet jet packs? Jetpacks are now real, but they are not as practical as the ones on TV. David Mayman built a jetpack that he has flown all over the world, but he can't seem to sell it.
Mayman told the newspaper that he did a flight around the harbour a few years ago. Some people did not look up when I flew around close enough to see joggers and people walking around the botanical area. The jetpack is loud, so I promise you heard me. They did not look up when I was flying by on a jetpack.
The Guardian says that Mayman won't fly over land because he hasn't figured out how to attach a parachute. While there is a small crowd gathered near the opera house, some of them taking photos, the rest of the people present seem to be helping with the launch and not just spectators. With large houses and condo buildings in the background, you would expect a huge crowd to gather, but that just doesn't seem to be the case.
The main problem is how impractical jetpacks are. A jet pack is about 90 pounds. Users have to wear protective clothing to prevent burns from the pack's exhaust. Users keep their feet straight in the air because of that. They would burn their feet if they didn't.
It burns quickly and is heavy with kerosene. Mayman can carry eight minutes of flight time, but the safety record is dismal. Vince Reffet died in 2020 when his equipment malfunctioned.
The first jetpack flights were attempted in the 1960s using a so-called "rocket belt" that weighed nearly 300 pounds and shot hot gas from nozzles. Mayman watched a pilot fly a pack in the 1984 Olympics.
It is hard to believe that humans haven't latched onto solo flight in the same way that sci-fi and television did. Jetpacks have captured our imaginations for decades. Consumers will keep looking down until the price, practicality and safety are sorted out.
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