Like flying cars, jetpacks are the kind of technology that seems perpetually on the cusp of going mainstream. Though they’re both still incredibly expensive and incredibly dangerous, it’s easy to ignore those glaring issues when footage like this makes jetpacks look like the best toy one could ever own.
One of the coolest things about Iron Man is his ability to fly, but since we don’t have access to Tony Stark’s technologies just yet, these jetpack-wearing daredevils, flying alongside an Air Force aerobatics display for the first time, are the next best thing.
Fighting a fire in a towering skyscraper poses unique challenges for both the equipment and the firefighters. That’s why the fire departments of large cities have dedicated high-rise units–but Dubai wants to do one better by equipping its firefighters with jetpacks.
Professional daredevil Nick Macomber made history over the weekend, conducting the first successful jetpack flight ever in China. But don’t get your hopes up about taking one of these things to work anytime soon.
The jetpack is so closely associated with the dream of a thrilling future, you only have to ask “Where’s my jetpack?” and everybody knows what you mean. Jetpacks appeared in thousands of science fiction stories, but in the 1960s they made the leap to reality. Here are some videos of real-life in jetpacks in action,…
Justin Capra, a Romanian inventor who claimed to have invented the first functional jetpack, died on Monday at the age of 81. Capra used to say that he built his jetpack in 1956, well before Bell Aerosystems' 1961 untethered flights with their rocket belt. The only problem? He was never able to produce any credible…
If you stop and think about it, it's kind of unfair that some athletes get to compete using marvels of engineering like incredibly light and streamlined bikes and some don't. Instead, we should be assigning every 100-meter dash runner this backpack jetpack developed by Arizona State University.
Actor Russell Johnson died yesterday at the age of 89. He was best known for his role as The Professor on the hit TV show Gilligan's Island from 1964 until 1967. In honor of the actor, Mental Floss has compiled a list of the good Professor's greatest inventions —greatest inventions that never were.
Number two on the list of promised future technologies that have yet to be delivered, right behind the flying car, is the personal jetpack. Hollywood's delivered them in spades thanks to special effects, but in real-life New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft is as close as we're going to get. And now it's even closer with…
Jetpacks may get all the hype, but they're basically just the motorized skateboards of the sky. Instead of wondering where our jetpacks are, tell us what your personal jetpack — the future invention or scientific discovery that you're waiting on pins and needles for — consists of.
The jetpack would emerge in popular American science fiction of the 1920s, and later become cemented into the popular imagination after World War II. But the idea of single-flyer personal transportation tech didn't start with the jetpack. In the late 19th century, people were obsessed with flight. And they imagined a…
Within the past decade we've seen technologies that had been promised for years finally become mainstream successes. The smartphone? Yep! The tablet computer? You betcha! Ebooks? They now account for nearly a quarter of book sales. But we're still waiting on plenty of other technologies that were dreamed up by the…
One of the great accomplishments of Nazi Germany's war machine was a jetpack that propelled their soldiers into the sky. It was a fantastical device whose story has been told many times on the web and it would be even more impressive if it weren't the propaganda of a Holocaust denier disguised as history.
If there's one universal truth, it's that everybody wants to fly around using a jetpack. But how the hell do they work? This video should help explain. Bear with the physics, because the video as a whole makes for some really interesting watching. [YouTube]
Jetpacks are one of the most crucial ingredients to the delicious bouillabaisse we call The Future. But before you get carried away with visions of aerial commutes and Rocketeerian heroism, it's important to remember the real reason you want one: to escape. Everything. All the time.
This is the seventh in a 24-part series looking at every episode of “The Jetsons” TV show from the original 1962-63 season.
Was this the most science fiction and fantasy-filled Olympic opening ceremony yet? With director Danny Boyle at the helm, there were bound to be a few fantastical elements in his kickoff to the 2012 Olympic Games. Here are some of the strangest, most wondrous, and most fantasy-fuelled images to grace London's Olympic…
The Jetovator follows in the footsteps of those water-powered jetpacks that have been all the rage as of late. But instead of strapping into a backpack-like contraption ala The Rocketeer, the Jetovator has you sitting on a wheelless water-propelled motorcycle.
Even though jetpack pilot Nick Macomber gets smoked by this Renault Megane RS in a 400 meter race, it doesn't matter. Jetpacks will one day be the de-facto mode of transportation because they're awesome and I say so.