The dream of flying could finally be within your reach thanks to aviation giant Boeing. You could well see yourself flying like Sean Connery of James Bond with a jetpack. The company has announced a competition that will offer winning teams up to $2 million to develop the first-ever practical personal flying machine or a jetpack. The name of the contest is GoFly Prize which was announced on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. Boeing is the main sponsor for the competition while some other companies are pitching in for added resources. With GoFly, Boeing is trying to do the same in the field of jetpack what SpaceX has done for Hyperloop project. GoFly CEO Gwen Lighter claims to make the impossible possible and make people fly.
The rules of the competition are simple. Teams have to build a safe, affordable vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) machine. For this, each team will be given a time of two years. The competition format will be held in three phases. Teams will compete to make a machine that safe to operate for people of any age. The registration for competition kicked off on Tuesday and will be open until April 18, 2018. Boeing has clearly said that you don’t have to be an expert to enter the competition. Anyone who dreams of flying and wants to get involved is welcome here.
However, the machine which the teams will be developing won’t be called jetpacks. The reason for this is that GoFly competition doesn’t require teams to use any specific fuel source, jet fuel or any specific design. But still, the competition is expected to have designs inspired by the lofty 1960s-era Hollywood film that promoted futuristic gadgets and gizmos.
One of the main attributes to the whole jetpack culture is Sean Connery playing the iconic James Bond. While many have tried to develop a jetpack, none have been successful so far. The only successful practical use of jetpack has been with astronauts during spacewalks. But over the last two years, some crucial advances have been made in the field of personal flight. With the advanced autonomous system now part of cars, we could very see computers managing the flight of humans with jetpacks.