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Flying Car Flies From London To Africa

timothy posted more than 4 years ago | from the laden-or-unladen dept.

Transportation 148

krou writes "It may not be exactly what people have envisioned or tried over the years, such as the flying car in Bladerunner, or the previously reported Terrafugia Transition, but the BBC is reporting that a flying car (creatively dubbed the Skycar, but different from this Skycar) has flown from London across into Africa. They modified a parajet fan that can fly a man into a bigger fan with a canopy that is capable of flying a car."

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Congestion charge (4, Interesting)

xaxa (988988) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986069)

Does it have to pay the London congestion charge?

Two things in life you cannot avoid: (1)

Simian Road (1138739) | more than 4 years ago | (#26987009)

Death and Taxes...

Not sure about other places but the US has... (1, Flamebait)

Mr. Arbusto (300950) | more than 4 years ago | (#26988085)

Death, Taxes and Death Taxes.

Re:Two things in life you cannot avoid: (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 4 years ago | (#26989123)

I'm a head in a jar. Now, if I can just get past this stupid jar tax...

Re:Congestion charge (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#26987305)

First Post!

there, fixed that for you!

Re:Congestion charge (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#26989905)

Not after it leaves Lambeth.

And they called it... (1)

timpintsch (842091) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986079)

A car in Spanish skies from the continent that brought you the jet powered man!

Flying car (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#26986099)

Minus the car.

Confusing Wording (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#26986103)

"They modified a parajet fan that can fly a man into a bigger fan with a canopy that is capable of flying a car."

WTF?

Re:Confusing Wording (3, Informative)

TheCycoONE (913189) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986155)

The design of the fan and canopy, which is capable of flying a car, is based on a smaller fan and canopy which was capable of allowing a person to 'fly'.

Re:Confusing Wording (5, Funny)

Intron (870560) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986357)

Thanks. I looked at "flying a man into a bigger fan" and thought that sounded really messy.

Re:Confusing Wording (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#26987303)

Yo dawg, we heard you like flying with fans, so we put a fan inside a bigger fan so that you can fly a man into a bigger fan with a canopy that is capable of flying a car.

Re:Confusing Wording (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 4 years ago | (#26989727)

Aaaaaaugh!

Re:Confusing Wording (2, Insightful)

Dmala (752610) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986449)

I'm also having difficult envisioning how one flies across into Africa. "Into Africa" suggests a less than perfect landing, "across Africa" implies a much longer trip. I'm not sure how you do both.

Re:Confusing Wording (1)

daveatneowindotnet (1309197) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986945)

And then you have the slashdot headline which sounds like the setup for a 4chan joke. Flying Car It flies from London to Africa

Re:Confusing Wording (1)

geobeck (924637) | more than 4 years ago | (#26987785)

I'm also having difficult envisioning how one flies across into Africa.

Since it flew from London to Africa, I'm assuming it flew across Europe to Africa. I guess the author didn't think that little land mass in the way was worth mentioning.

Re:Confusing Wording (2, Insightful)

Lifyre (960576) | more than 4 years ago | (#26988519)

So he flew across what France and maybe some of Spain? It's not like it was someplace important...

Here's the explanation (1)

RudeIota (1131331) | more than 4 years ago | (#26988895)

"Into Africa" suggests a less than perfect landing, "across Africa" implies a much longer trip. I'm not sure how you do both.

Doing both is simple - the fan chopped him up and spread his remains into and across Africa. That also explains the 'less than perfect' landing!

TFA: "They modified a parajet fan that can fly a man into a bigger fan"

do not want (5, Funny)

SoupGuru (723634) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986145)

"They modified a parajet fan that can fly a man into a bigger fan."

I'd rather have a flying car that doesn't fly me into ANY sized fan, thankyouverymuch.

Re:do not want (1)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 4 years ago | (#26988109)

"General played him on the turntable, and he went wing, zoom, into the fan and got shmushed!" -- Amanda, Stephen King's Cat's Eye

sounds painful and messy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#26986149)

"They modified a parajet fan that can fly a man into a bigger fan with a canopy that is capable of flying a car".

Pure genius (1)

SupremoMan (912191) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986151)

This thing is awesome. Watch the video, it actually frikin' flies.

Re:Pure genius (1)

macraig (621737) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986409)

I can't watch the video: none of the BBC video content comes through in my Firefox browser, even with a full bypass for NoScript. I get sick and tired of having to disable all sorts of protections for the sake of such proprietary crap, so instead I'll do without... at least until somebody "rips" it to something open source enough that I can watch it. I'd even settle for YouTube (ugh).

Re:Pure genius (2, Informative)

onefriedrice (1171917) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986545)

Don't know what to tell you, buddy. Plays fine for me using Flash in Firefox. x86_64, even.

Re:Pure genius (1)

macraig (621737) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986685)

It's not a Flash issue, since I can play other Flash content. It's specifically the BBC that causes a problem. I don't know what bit of privacy or security I'd have to relinquish to make it work, but I just won't do it.

Found it: if I disable Adblock Plus the BBC player works. Screw that!

Re:Pure genius (1)

Vintermann (400722) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986787)

I can see it perfectly fine with Adblock Plus.

Re:Pure genius (1)

macraig (621737) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986841)

Do you use Element Hiding Helper also?

Re:Pure genius (1)

xaxa (988988) | more than 4 years ago | (#26987563)

Remember UK and non-UK people see different pages (no ads in the UK). I have ABP running, and it's fine, but I'm in the UK anyway.

Re:Pure genius (1)

macraig (621737) | more than 4 years ago | (#26988029)

I guess I need to emigrate to the UK to be ad-free, then? o_O

Re:Pure genius (2, Informative)

Ashriel (1457949) | more than 4 years ago | (#26987905)

I'm running Firefox with NoScript and Adblock Plus - didn't have to disable Adblock Plus to see the video, but I did have to manually reload the page after allowing it under NoScript in order to load the video.

Re:Pure genius (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#26986731)

I can't watch the video: none of the BBC video content comes through in my Firefox browser, even with a full bypass for NoScript. I get sick and tired of having to disable all sorts of protections for the sake of such proprietary crap, so instead I'll do without... at least until somebody "rips" it to something open source enough that I can watch it. I'd even settle for YouTube (ugh).

I also have my browser all blocked off with NoScript, Adblock Plus, Flash Block, and white-listed cookies. I too had a frustrating time trying to get BBC videos to work. But even with NoScript and Flash Block disabled and cookies enabled, it still wasn't working.

Surprisingly the culprit was Adblock Plus. Apparently the BBC videos have to load an ad clip at the beginning before playing the video.

So for a BBC video I do a quick middle click on the ABP stop sign icon in my status bar to temporarily turn off ABP. Then as soon as the video starts playing I can reclick the ABP icon to turn it back on and the video continues working.

Re:Pure genius (3, Informative)

macraig (621737) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986889)

I just narrowed it down to ABP a few minutes ago, but I have a strong aversion to having to swallow even that small amount of castor oil to get to the video.

Re:Pure genius (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 4 years ago | (#26988963)

and aint new. Guys have been flying things like that around here in michigan for decades.

Most parasails are attached to a "car" that the driver and passenger sit in.

This is a very slight modification by someone that has the tools to do it.

There is absolutely nothing special about it. Call me when he flies a 725i that has all the luggage for a weekend trip and family of 4 in it.

SkyBuggy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#26986175)

It's more of a Skybuggy than a skycar.

Very old news! (1)

VincenzoRomano (881055) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986217)

I remember that flying car [wikipedia.org] flying from London, close to King's Cross!
And it was a Ford Anglia, not a Terrafugia Whatever!

Re:Very old news! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#26988643)

Nymphadora Tonks (Natalia Tena) is so amazingly pretty! She's also talented in composing+singing.

Actually... (5, Informative)

CompMD (522020) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986229)

The vehicle flying to Africa is more a proof-of-concept than anything else, a fully functioning engineering prototype. The actual flying car model is slated to be released next year and is supposed to be a real car.

Disclaimer: I work for one of their sponsors.

Re:Actually... (1)

mrcaseyj (902945) | more than 4 years ago | (#26989459)

Can you tell us:
Can you take off by yourself or do you have to have your copilot hold the parafoil off the ground?
Can you take off in a moderate cross wind or must you always be able to drive straight up wind to prevent the sail blowing off to the side?
Is there a big problem with sail wear and tear from being blown around on the ground?

Oh my... (5, Funny)

gzipped_tar (1151931) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986273)

But is it an European or an African flying car?

Re:Oh my... (5, Funny)

Keith_Beef (166050) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986321)

And what is its unladen weight?

Re:Oh my... (3, Funny)

Daimanta (1140543) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986689)

I don't know! waarrrgghhhh

Re:Oh my... (2, Interesting)

Joe the Lesser (533425) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986807)

And does it have storage room for coconuts?

Re:Oh my... (1)

jimbudncl (1263912) | more than 4 years ago | (#26987761)

More to the point, can it juggle my coconuts while in-flight?

Re:Oh my... (1)

H0p313ss (811249) | more than 4 years ago | (#26989253)

And does it have storage room for coconuts?

Judging from the photos a roll of duct tape will work here...

Re:Oh my... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#26986987)

Yes

Misuse of terminology... (2, Interesting)

rHBa (976986) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986311)

Parajet might be the name of the company but they modified a paramotor, not a 'parajet'(it's propeller driven, not a jet engine) and rather than a parachute (as mentioned in the BBC article) I think they mean paraglider (it is designed to fly or glide, not to fall after all).

It's just a simple paraglider...so what? (4, Insightful)

Ritz_Just_Ritz (883997) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986313)

What's all the hubub about? It's simply a paraglider that has been made large enough to carry a payload larger than a man (a car in this case). That's like saying someone who connects a blimp to a camper has invented a flying home. *shrug*

Re:It's just a simple paraglider...so what? (5, Funny)

InsertWittyNameHere (1438813) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986417)

Just consider the implications of this amazing NEW technology. Cars are just the beginning, we can finally give penguins the gift of flight as well!

Re:It's just a simple paraglider...so what? (5, Funny)

ArhcAngel (247594) | more than 4 years ago | (#26987267)

we can finally give penguins the gift of flight

Or Pigs

Re:It's just a simple paraglider...so what? (4, Funny)

blueZ3 (744446) | more than 4 years ago | (#26987477)

Duke Nukem Forever, here we come!

Re:It's just a simple paraglider...so what? (1)

zbharucha (1331473) | more than 4 years ago | (#26988099)

Too late. Pink Floyd's already done the flying pig thing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_Floyd_pigs#Animals).

A common misconception that pigs can't fly. (1)

ebbomega (410207) | more than 4 years ago | (#26988167)

Given sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine.

Re:A common misconception that pigs can't fly. (1)

Chabo (880571) | more than 4 years ago | (#26988843)

It's just a little airborne, it's still good, it's still good!

Re:It's just a simple paraglider...so what? (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986439)

I suspect attaching a paraglider to a car-driven fan and attaching a blimp to a camper are both patentable inventions. I suggest you rush to your nearest patent office and apply for a patent on your "flying home" idea before somebody else does. Be sure to cite "The Wizard of Oz" and Up [go.com] as prior art!

Re:It's just a simple paraglider...so what? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#26986453)

Where can I get a blimp that's connected to a camper? That sounds like a good idea.

Re:It's just a simple paraglider...so what? (1)

MadnessASAP (1052274) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986601)

That sounds kind of cool. You could fold up a large non rigid blimp onto the roof of the camper and have several tanks of helium to inflate it to take off. Granted the Helium would neet to be at some rediculous pressure but I think it could work.

Re:It's just a simple paraglider...so what? (2, Informative)

Sj0 (472011) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986701)

Once you liquefy a gas, it stops being compressible.

Re:It's just a simple paraglider...so what? (1)

camwyn (784051) | more than 4 years ago | (#26987805)

Liquids are compressible, just much less so than gases...less enough that it would be inefficient on an energy vs. space saved comparison anyway.

Re:It's just a simple paraglider...so what? (2, Informative)

Sj0 (472011) | more than 4 years ago | (#26988453)

When we're talking about these sorts of orders of magnitude difference, it's effectively incompressible. Hydrodynamics don't bother taking compressibility into account, for example.

I wouldn't want a pressure vessel at millions of atmospheres in MY camper.

Re:It's just a simple paraglider...so what? (1)

glassware (195317) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986637)

I imagine the "hubub" is because it works.

Re:It's just a simple paraglider...so what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#26986675)

Hey, thanks for the idea!

Re:It's just a simple paraglider...so what? (1)

Jeng (926980) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986717)

Why would you not call it a flying home?

No seriously.

After all, there is a car, its flying, why is it not a flying car? Is it because it doesn't use jet engines or something? If one tossed wings on the car would you say, oh hey that's not a flying car, why its a plane just look at those wings.

Flying campers would be kinda nice, keeps them off the roads, and hey there's even a car that you can tow behind your flying home.

Re:It's just a simple paraglider...so what? (1)

Vintermann (400722) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986805)

I don't see the problem. A paraglider/car is awesome. A camper/blimp would be beyond awesome.

Re:It's just a simple paraglider...so what? (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986901)

That's like saying someone who connects a blimp to a camper has invented a flying home.

Well, he has, hasn't he? At least if it flies, he has.

Re:It's just a simple paraglider...so what? (1)

ncohafmuta (577957) | more than 4 years ago | (#26987161)

but then since both are flying, wouldn't you have to hyphenate it, like married women do?

A flying 'blimp-camper'.

And while it is cool, i don't believe this is really an earth-shattering discovery. Matter of fact, I've been traveling in flying tubes for quite some time now.
And more so, the cabin below an airship is already called a car, so don't we already have a flying car?
And what is a car really...? :-)

Re:It's just a simple paraglider...so what? (4, Insightful)

DragonWriter (970822) | more than 4 years ago | (#26987105)

That's like saying someone who connects a blimp to a camper has invented a flying home.

Or like saying someone who builds a house on top of a floatation hull has made a "houseboat".

Re:It's just a simple paraglider...so what? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#26987565)

It's a car which can fly. What more do you need to qualify it as a flying car?

Re:It's just a simple paraglider...so what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#26988075)

How do they pack up the paragliger when it wants to be just a regular car? How do you deploy it? Can you do it without stopping? do you jsut have to get it to some speed, and then hit a button and the thing unfolds and takes you up? a winch pulls it in when you want to pack it up?

Where is more information about this car?

Up (1)

lennier (44736) | more than 4 years ago | (#26988523)

"That's like saying someone who connects a blimp to a camper has invented a flying home."

I'd buy one of those!

Airstream meets Gulfstream.

Re:It's just a simple paraglider...so what? (2, Insightful)

superyooser (100462) | more than 4 years ago | (#26988531)

That's like saying someone who connects a blimp to a camper has invented a flying home.

That might be a good idea for getting mobile homes out of the way of tornadoes.

Re:It's just a simple paraglider...so what? (1)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 4 years ago | (#26988799)

That's like saying someone who connects a blimp to a camper has invented a flying home.

I bet the tornadoes are going to just love having their favorite food being delivered to them.

African or European? (1)

Subm (79417) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986363)

What was its unladen flight air-speed velocity?

(Both during the European and African legs).

Re:African or European? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#26986529)

Already been done....and they said it better and more cleverly.

Epic Fail.

Wild Kingdom... (2, Funny)

flyneye (84093) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986415)

Lol, this is a swampboat like they did "Wild Kingdom", Everglades shows with. Someone seems to have ran it up the backside of a dune buggy.
      With the cab to act as a soundboard the pilot should be deaf before he crashes.But, we don't intervene, because this is natural selection and interference could change the future of these fascinating creatures.Here on the African plane, a cleanup crew of jackals then vultures will soon return whatever didn't burn to nature.

Re:Wild Kingdom... (2, Informative)

chaim79 (898507) | more than 4 years ago | (#26989265)

Actually this is a Powered Paraglider [wikipedia.org] attached to a 4-wheeled cart that can be certified as a 'car'.

This isn't really a 'new' thing as the carts used by powered paragliders have been getting more and more complex each year I see them, now they are complex enough to qualify as a car.

That being said, this is awesome!

I bless the Flying Cars down in Africa (2, Funny)

Triela (773061) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986461)

I was all ready to criticize something called a Skycar for looking too much like a mini-plane, but lo and behold, it sure does look like a car, so much so that I couldn't believe it flew even a hundred feet without plummeting from the sky, that is, until I saw the parachute contraption and wasn't quite as impressed, a thought with which I decided to conclude this run-on sentence.

wouldnt that hurt? (1)

night_flyer (453866) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986483)

They modified a parajet fan that can fly a man into a bigger fan

Too slow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#26986493)

While it looks like it would be fun for recreational purposes, I don't think it would make very good flying transportation. Not to mention the trouble maintaining that chute is going to be.

It looks *real* (1)

RyanFenton (230700) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986539)

Most of the "skycars" we've seen have looked like trade show demo vehicles - fancy, but fragile - suitable as rich toys, but not as workhorses.

This one looks practical - and it looks more than another ultralight, it looks like something that could be serviceable and mass marketable, while still being functional and durable.

But whether any of that is true, we'll have to see from independent testing. One thing I'd like to see is how it actually handles a landing without power, after an engine failure, with its parachute. Also, how it would handle the inevitable weight stresses real world use would apply, despite warnings.

Fascinating project in any case.

Ryan Fenton

Re:It looks *real* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#26987145)

oh, and you would need a lot of space for them, because of that huge paraglider thing. And what about stoping and waiting for green light? No way.
So it's not as practical as you say.

FAKE (1, Funny)

hurfy (735314) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986749)

The guy actually flew using his hair to Africa ;)

and Skybuggy might be more apt...

Re:FAKE (1)

Sporkinum (655143) | more than 4 years ago | (#26987441)

Yes.. the hair was singularly amazing.. and airfoil shaped!

Re:FAKE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#26989813)

That's not flying, it's falling.. with style!

Spokesman has nice hair (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#26986821)

forget flying car, I want to be able to regrow a head of hair like that guy.

Say what you want about Moller International... (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 4 years ago | (#26986869)

...but at least *their* Skycar isn't slashdotted...

From the article: (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#26986881)

..."and after rigorous testing will travel from London across the Sahara to Tombouctou for the maiden voyage in Spring 2009."

Hasn't happened yet.

Request Vector for Oshkosh Approach? (1)

LifesABeach (234436) | more than 4 years ago | (#26987011)

The concept looks cool.Just driving it in traffic would be a show stopper. The fact page on this aircraft/car doesn't show certain things, like "Take Off Distance", Red Line, Yellow Line, Stall, Octane stuff, and um, the ceiling at 15K? With an open Cock Pit? The car looks like a Tube Frame Sand Buggy, nice. I didn't know that Rotax had a automotive transmission for their power plants, interesting. I also have a couple questions like, "IFR Capable?" Or is this just only a "VFR" kind of car? I didn't see the word "Experimental" on side of car; why? The "why" reason could be a very cool price worthy answer.

Re:Request Vector for Oshkosh Approach? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#26987769)

As an Oshkosh native...bring it on...We'll see you this summer. [airventure.org] Notice we already have the terrafugia and the jetpack coming. Admit it. You're all jealous.

Re:Request Vector for Oshkosh Approach? (1)

Atticka (175794) | more than 4 years ago | (#26988283)

Well, their website has some of this info posted

From:
http://www.skycarexpedition.com/about_skycar.php [skycarexpedition.com]

In "fly mode" the car will have:

a take-off speed of 60 kmph
a top speed of 110 kmph
a range of 300 km.
a cruising altitude of 2000 - 3000 ft
a maximum altitude of 15,000 ft.

In "road mode" the car will have:

independent 4 wheel suspension
rear wheel drive
acceleration from 0-100 kmph in 4.5 seconds
a top speed of 180 kmph
a range of 400 km.

Re:Request Vector for Oshkosh Approach? (1)

AJWM (19027) | more than 4 years ago | (#26989717)

I also have a couple questions like, "IFR Capable?" Or is this just only a "VFR" kind of car?

While not strictly necessary for IFR, deicing gear for the wing is a bit problematic. I sure wouldn't want to fly it through any clouds.

Anyway, given the car's capabilities, it doesn't need to follow roads. ;-)

Re:Request Vector for Oshkosh Approach? (1)

Rudisaurus (675580) | more than 4 years ago | (#26989959)

Actually, Parajet's home page [parajet.com] indicates that:

- it'll take off in less than 200m from a field or airstrip
- it can't stall or dive (no pitch control), so stall speed is effectively 0 km/h
- from the characteristics of the type of flying training they're offering (here [parajet.com] ), we can conclude that it's probably only VFR-capable

you Fail It (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#26987053)

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i'm all for progress, but... (1)

vtolturbo (729585) | more than 4 years ago | (#26987903)

as someone who was heavily involved in collegiate competition similar to this effort, i have to say that this achievement seems like something that could be done by any college team with suitable funding and motivation. the science for controlling a powered paraglider is decades old, so this doesn't strike me as a breakthrough. what would impress me is some sort of system for mechanically deploying the lifting surface, like the top of a convertible car. without such an innovation, this vehicle would never be able to go anywhere near an urban center, given the power lines and other obstacles it would certainly encounter. to me, this represents a small, but measurable step toward an affordable flight-capable commercial vehicle for the average consumer. still, there remain many unanswered questions.

In other news ... (4, Funny)

janwedekind (778872) | more than 4 years ago | (#26988227)

... engineers have managed to build a diving car by strapping a weight to a sand buggy. The diving car is expected to reach the bottom of the Mariana Trench later this evening.

Flying Car Flies From London To Africa ??? (1)

3ryon (415000) | more than 4 years ago | (#26988483)

Ok...did it fly to Morocco (impressive), or South Africa (really, really impressive)? Africa isn't a country Ms Palin.

Umm,, So (1)

GHynson (1216406) | more than 4 years ago | (#26988543)

It doesn't matter,.. Only rich snobs will be able to afford the insurance premiums on them.

Pictures... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#26988927)

or it didn't happen

What will they invent next? (1)

owlstead (636356) | more than 4 years ago | (#26989061)

Strapping a buggy to a rocket and fly it to the moon?

Oh, wait...

Just around the corner - yeah right (1)

gary_7vn (1193821) | more than 4 years ago | (#26989791)

Yeah, flying cars and fusion, just around the corner. I am 53 and have been reading about some flying car or other my whole life, longer if you count the old Popular Mechanics magazines from the 40's and 50's I found in my grandad's attic. It's a stupid friggin concept anyway. The worst thing that could ever happen is that someone develops a "practical" flying car. I can barely cross the street now, if I have to add "look up" to my "look left, look right" algorithm I think I'll just stay in my compound. When are people going to accept the fact that personal internal combustion engines are unsustainable from both an environmental and practical POV? Please note that the "cheap" (no it isn't) gas that we are using now is a product of the recession.
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