• Short Summary

    A MAN FLYING THROUGH THE AIR WITH THE AID OF A PERSONAL ROCKET PACK IS NO LONGER A SCIENCE FICTION DREAM.

  • Description

    A MAN FLYING THROUGH THE AIR WITH THE AID OF A PERSONAL ROCKET PACK IS NO LONGER A SCIENCE FICTION DREAM. MOST OF THE WORLD SAW IT HAPPEN IN THE JAMES BOND FILM "THUNDERBALL" - AND HERE IS THE LATEST FILM OF THE "ROCKET-PROPELLED POGO STICK".

    A NORMAL POGO STICK ENABLES ITS RIDER TO BOUND ALONG THE GROUND IN SHORT HOPS, BUT SCIENTISTS SEE THE ROCKET-PROPELLED VERSION CARRYING MEN IN GREAT BOUNDS - POSSIBLY ACROSS THE SURFACE OF THE MOON. AMONG THE NICKNAMES ALREADY APPLIED TO THE EQUIPMENT - "SPACE TAXI".

    THE PROJECT WAS STARTED MORE THAN SIX YEARS AGO AND EXTENSIVE STUDIES HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT BY AN AMERICAN COMPANY, BELL AEROSYSTEMS, WHO WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS DEMONSTRATION. MORE THAN 2,500 TEST FLIGHTS HAVE BEEN MADE WITH THE ROCKET PACK. PILOTS WHO HAVE FLOWN THEM SAY THE SENSATION IS FANTASTIC. "YOU'D THINK A GIANT'S HAND HAD TAKEN YOU BY THE COLLAR AND LIFTED YOU UP", SAID ONE PILOT.

    USING THE SAME PRINCIPLE, THE COMPANY'S SCIENTISTS ARE WORKING ON A SYSTEM THAT COULD PROPEL A MAN. PLUS HIS EQUIPMENT AND 150 POUNDS (68 KILOGRAMS) OF SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS. WITH THAT LOAD HE COULD FLY OVER THE SURFACE OF THE MOON FOR 15 MINUTES, THEY SAY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7CIVFNQQ57WDF734JSJ57ZNAE
    Media URN:
    VLVA7CIVFNQQ57WDF734JSJ57ZNAE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/10/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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