4 comments on “Future Dreams

  1. The Martin Jet pack was developed in my country – New Zealand. Cool. We also invented a few other neat things including a high performance amphibian. Flying car? Not much. The problem that has always crippled them is that the engineering demands of a good car and of a good plane are mutually exclusive. And is one really the ‘natural progression’ of the other? I figure cars and planes do quite different things. Me? I miss the moon bases, manned Mars flights and the rest we were supposed to have by 2000 at latest…

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    • Matthew,

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Yes, “Flying car? Not much. The problem that has always crippled them is that the engineering demands of a good car and of a good plane are mutually exclusive.

      You nailed it – you found very efficient words to capture what I was whimsically alluding to in my post. Until we find some way to conquer gravity, anything man-made that flies will feature some sort of gravity defying mechanism – right now, wings, jets, fans; and jets and fans are loud, failure unrecoverable, and wings get big. So flying cars actually degenerate into flying machines that taxi well.

      To fly, we get planes – prop and jet – and helicopters, excluding the extremely barbaric rocket. The Martin I guess by this definition is a sort of mini-copter. But it is just amazingly well packaged and executed and I am doubly impressed that it is very close to commercialization. I love products nicely done – I am a mechanical design engineer by trade.

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      • I agree about the flying cars – that’s a great way of putting it, ‘flying machines that taxi well’. As I understand it the Martin jet-pack is indeed, effectively, a mini-copter, pretty much the helicopter equivalent of a microlight. It’s been under development a while. I find it intriguing that this sort of thing emerges in NZ. We have the repute of being farmers who fix things with No.8 fencing wire – and yet the place seems to breed engineers who make a small and often quirky but also significant contribution to the world. The Hamilton Jet is another one.

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