They did it. Ironman is here. If you didn't watch the whole thing, go watch the whole thing. He was a million miles in the air going at the speed of sound. And he landed safely too. My goodness, they've done it.
NY Post - The Crown Prince of Dubai shared a video to his Instagram account Monday showing the first autonomous human flight in the city via a vertical takeoff.
Within seconds, Reffet reached more than 325 feet and within 30 seconds reached a height of 3,280 feet at an average speed of 130 knots, according to Gulf Today.
By the end of the three-minute flight, reaching an altitude of nearly 5,000 feet, Reffet opened a parachute and landed safely back at Skydive Dubai, according to the newspaper.
I want everyone to stop and think for a second about the advancements in flight in just 2 generations. The Wright Brothers took flight in 1903. Then in 1952 we had the first commercial flight as we know them today. Then in 1962 they were sending motherfuckers to outer space! So in the span of 60 years it went from this
I mean it's extraordinary when you really think about it- we went infinity years without flying anywhere and then in the span of 60 they started flying into space, it's crazy.
But I feel now it's kind of slowed down. We still have the same ol' airplanes, many of which look like they were built in 1972. Elon Musk is doing some Mars things, some reusable rockets things, but it's still rockets.
So what if...what if in our lifetime...people are literally flying with jet packs? It's conceivable that before whomever the youngest person reading this blog is dies, there will be human beings flying like in that video above, the same way we drive cars now. OH, AND I DIDN'T EVEN MENTION CARS! I mean do we even realize how new car technology still is? The Model T starting rolling off the line in 1908, and within a decade the car became mainstream. That quickly!
Science - In 1907 there were 140,300 cars registered in the U.S. and a paltry 2,900 trucks. People and goods still travelled long distances on land by railroad, and short distances by foot or horse-drawn carriage. Almost nobody rode horses, but plenty of people rode bicycles for pleasure and for transport.
Ten years later in 1917, there had been a 33-fold increase in the number of cars registered, to almost 5 million, and a 134-fold increase in the number of commercial, agricultural and military vehicles, to almost 400,000.
Technology advancements and adaptation is so awesome to think about. One day everyone was riding a bike or literally taking a horse-drawn carriage, and they had absolutely no way of knowing a god damn car was on the way to change the world forever. You can't dream that up. You think what you currently have is what will always be. So when we see this man FLYING, it's impossible to think that could one day be the new norm, but it most certainly can, and that blows my fucking mind.
I'm currently 31 years old. If they could go from barely flying planes more than 2 feet off the ground to doing commercial flights with passengers in 40 years, there's no reason to believe we won't have human flight in 40 years. So yes, I think this will become mainstream before I die. Crazy.