I know that Fr. Finigan would agree that these are long over due.
[UPDATE: On Twitter Fr. F asked for a poll. Be careful of what you ask for.]
From Military Times:
Jet packs are on their way to a battlefield near you
It’s 2021, and although I thought by now there would be flying cars, cities on the moon and the ability to teleport from my bed to my couch instead of walking, I guess I’ll settle for a jet pack, or as DARPA is calling it, a “Portable Personal Air Mobility System.”
According to a solicitation first reported by Task & Purpose, “These platforms could serve a variety of military missions, enabling cost effective mission utility and agility in areas such as personnel logistics [and] urban augmented combat.”
This isn’t the first time in recent memory that the U.S. military has considered affixing a rocket or wings to the backs of service members and shooting them into the atmosphere. In 2019, Special Operations Command sought to develop “individual lift devices” and found a partner to make it happen.
California-based JetPack Aviation is working on an ILD turbine engine system that is expected to carry special operators 200 miles an hour, for up to 10 minutes, so they can fly from base to battle, hair whipping and lips flapping in the wind. Exhilarating.
Luckily, the DARPA request also gives me some hope that a system for civilians could one day follow, particularly this line: “When deployed, the platform will be designed with simplified operations in mind, so that someone unfamiliar with the platform could be educated in its safe and effective use with relatively little training.”
Is there anything more American than a bunch of untrained hooligans attempting to commute via sky to their offices post-COVID?
Fr. Finigan, His Hermeneuticalness, asked for a POLL. I don’t know what sort of poll, but he ASKED for one. So, here’s a poll.
The registered and approved here can post comments. The rest of you can take a flying click to some other fascinating site. But you can still vote. You can, this time, pick TWO.
I’m opening this one up to multiple choices, just to make it funner.