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Jetpack Dreams


How Do You Like Them Apples?

I guess "Where's my Jetpack?" can no longer be the battle cry of the paleo-futurism movement.

Mexican start-up Tecnologia Aeroespacial Mexicana (TAM) offers its custom-built TAM Rocket Belt for $250,000, which includes flight and maintenance training. On a full tank of hydrogen peroxide the belt weighs 124 to 139 pounds (the bigger the pilot, the bigger the belt), and provides 30 seconds of flight. TAM's sole competitor is Jetpack Inter national, a Colorado-based company that sells what it calls "the world's longest-flying jet pack." Technically speaking, it's true — the hydrogen-peroxide-burning Jet Pack H202 can stay in the air for 33 seconds, 3 seconds longer than TAM's model. The H202 weighs 139 pounds, and is competitively priced at $155,000, flight classes and all.

See also:
Where's My Jetpack? (2007)
Jet Flying Belt is Devised to Carry Man for Miles (New York Times, 1968)
Jet Pack Video (1966)
A Wonderful Day to Fly (1980)


Where's My Jetpack? (2007)

It's not often that I recommend a newly published book here at the Paleo-Future blog. However, Where's My Jetpack? by Daniel H. Wilson is essential reading for anyone interested in paleo-futurism. You can listen to an interview with Wilson here. Below is an excerpt about hoverboards.

Wide-eyed children of the eighties watched in astonishment as Michael J. Fox (a.k.a. Marty McFly) shredded pavement on a hovering skateboard in Back to the Future: Part II. The hoveboard was just like a skateboard, but with one crucial difference: no wheels. His pink and teal board had "magnetic" pads on the bottom and with a quick push-off could silently cruise over grass, pavement, and even water. While this highly desirable piece of movie technology seems very plausible, it crushingly remains fiction. I think I speak for all of us when I say, "Thank you for breaking my heart, Michael J. Fox."

Before you Mythbusters nerds begin crying foul let me emphasize that Wilson does go on to explain that hoverboards do (sort of) exist. Pick up the book. You won't be sorry.

See also:
Hoverboards are Real! (1989)
Back to the Future: Part II (1989)
Jet Flying Belt is Devised to Carry Man for Miles (New York Times, 1968)
Jet Pack Video (1966)