At one point or another we find ourselves staring at the sky. As if we have this spiritual connection to it. Over thousands of years the fascination never stopped. We observe it, study it, even dream about the mystical blue wonder. Yet most humans in history never had the chance to witness it first hand. To feel the breeze of air on your face. To see a cloud for what it truly is. Even touching it as you sit in the cockpit of a biplane. Why?
Does our obsession have to do with the fact that at we remain grounded on a daily basis?
Now that might change!With advances in modern techniques in UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). Their has been a big push to find more applications for drones. Right now most drones are smaller then a cardboard box and can only fly for a limited amount of time. Other then the military types. But the thing that most of us don’t realize is we only fly it around in our backyards. This doesn’t put us in the sky and without VR headsets it’s only a extension of our site. But what if someone found a way to change that. To help you bring your childhood dream to life.
“I personally dreamed for this day to happen and I am excited to tell you that personal flight may soon be possible.”Meet Zapata Racing
Flyboard Air is an idea that every child has imagined, but till recently no one has been able to manifest into reality. It took advances in water hoverboard technology and UAV turbine technology to influence Zapata Racing to create something extraordinary. Although it’s still in the early stages of testing. Flyboard Air has already started to make strides in the hoverboard/jetpack industry.
Guinness Book World Record7,388 feet
which surpasses the old distances record of (905 ft 2 in) Link
Four 250-horsepower turbo engines
Jet A1 kerosene fueled
Up to 93mph (150km/h)
10 min autonomy
Recently, some companies are starting to take interest in Zapata’s technology. Implant Sciences being a big player, has already submitted a letter of intent. Meaning soon Zapata Racing could be purchased by the leader in machines for explosives detection.Link
In the picture above there are two things that stand out. Can you point them out?
Is it the vast emptiness of the Dubai dessert landscape or
the air ballon that floats in the blue sky?
Whether this image reminds you of something, like the fact that some of us might have experienced this before. Or that most of us have never witnessed this type of landscape. Even this type of flight. We all view it the same, an experience.
Recently I’ve come across a realization that we all take for granted things we do not realize we need to prioritize our life. Take for intense the internet. We as modern civilized people can’t live with out it. We read emails to conduct our business, view calendars to know when to be at work, even feed the inner drama queen with the social media habits of our closest friends. Once we adopted the internet like super glue promises, we won’t let go. But most of us don’t know or even realize how lucky you are to be able to Skype your business partner in China from the comfort of our home. Here something you might have never heard,(as of 2016, 46.1% of the population has an internet connection. Since 1995 it was at 1%, meaning the internet has increase more then tenfold. Reaching the first billion since 2005 and now reaching 3.5 billion.) – Link. With the world population at 7.4 billion as of 2016. This means 3.9 million people, more then half. Still don’t have access to something us Americans think is ubiquitous.The internet!
I know what your thinking, why can’t we just build a tower or base stations all over the globe and just beam it to them in rural areas. Possible yes, but the variables are endless and countries aren’t as organized or even civilized as we might be. So how do we get internet to war torn Syria, or the center of the Amazon rainforest, even in the Sahara dessert as like the picture above.
Google has offered up an idea recently from the X laboratories that might be the best way to close this gap from rural to urban life.
What, does it take to make a ballon broadcast the world with internet? Well it might surprise you not a lot. Start off with a certain location that has low wind turbulence. Then find a material to make a strong balloon that you can send up in the sky, lets say polyethylene plastic. Now build a device to broadcast a signal and let just add solar panels to it to power the device, because you know its in the air so it will have a lot of sun light. Still follow. Maybe not as easy as it sounds but a lot easier than the rest of the mad scientist might be gunning for.
As the device floats in the stratosphere away from airplanes and the everyday weather. It makes a system more reliable and less spotty as we call bad internet connections. The stratosphere has multiple layers of trade winds, making this more possible for multi-directional paths to take the balloons to different parts of the globe. For maximum coverage of the Earth. With Google Project Loon making this possible for the half of the world without internet. We can move closer to our foreign friends, by helping them bring their rural countries out of oppression and into the endless uses technology gives us today.
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