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A jetpack that takes off like a plane.

A jetpack that takes off like a plane.

With a name right out of Thunderbirds, Skyflash is, if nothing else, ambitious. The wing, which is worn like a backpack, is designed to take off from the ground and, if successful, will be the smallest twin engined plane ever built.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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3 comments

  • JGL

    You can keep that, it does not look like a serious attempt at engineering.

    When I see someone using a 5″ galvanized stove pipe as a duct for a jet engine and the close

    proximity of the pilots face to the tar mack and the general unsophisticated design, it looks

    like a terminal event just waiting to happen.

    (Although I have watched a video of a Chinese farmer who made his own gyro copter out of wood and general hardware, powered by a lawn mower engin flying around the skies of China.)

    Now if your talking about the Martin Jet Pack or the Rossi Flying Wing, now you are talking

    about beautifully executed and serious / successful engineering attempt at accomplishing

    something we all would like to do. This guy might be better off duct taping a large radio

    controlled plane to his back and jumping off a bridge.

  • jwing

    It’s more like a RC jet-propelled dolly with a wooden balsa wing for effect. He never took off.

  • D. K. Williams

    The test pilots drew straws and this guy got the short stick.

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