The Sky Cruise is essentially a huge vehicle designed for luxury, but it doesn’t travel on water or even in space, just in the air.
The research arm of the US Department of Defense promises the first prototype by 2027. Most pilots are aware of the phenomenon that when they fly their aircraft close to the ground, they can glide much further than usual. This is because the proximity to the ground breaks the turbulence created by the wings in such a way that it results in reduced friction.
Manta Aircraft’s planes have a range of up to 1,000 kilometres thanks to their hybrid propulsion, and despite their airplane-like shape, they take off and land vertically.
Dreamed up by Swiss engineers, the AirYacht is not only similar in name but also in function to the Lazzarini Studio’s Air Yacht – it seems that air transport is capturing the imagination of more and more designers who see it as one of the best forms of environmentally friendly travel.
The electric “jetpack”, dubbed SkyPack, is not yet in its final form, but its first prototype has been successfully tested. The Jet Suit from rocket backpack developer Gravity Industries is increasingly popping up to prove its effectiveness in special circumstances, such as during military operations or rescue work.
In the UK’s Lake District National Park, an average of 15-20 leg or hand-break incidents occur every week, and these will soon be handled by paramedics in Gravity Industries Jet Suits.