Peter Ternstrom was about nine years old when he first saw the movie, Return of the Jedi, at the cinema. The scene in which Luke and Leia take to hover-bikes on a high-speed chase through a forest left a particular impression on him.
“Absolutely, that has been an important inspiration for me,” says Mr Ternstrom, who co-founded Swedish firm Jetson with Tomasz Patan.
Recently, his company released a video of its prototype personal flying machine, the Jetson ONE, in action. The clip quickly clocked more than 12m views on YouTube in about four weeks.
The filming location, a desert-like area, was deliberately chosen for its sci-fi feel. It is actually a military training ground in Poland.
A helmeted pilot sits in the centre of what looks like a large drone, with its multiple spinning rotors. The craft zooms across the landscape, blowing up dust.
This is an electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle, or eVTOL. Personal eVTOLs are among the smallest rideable aircraft around and generally have capacity to transport just one passenger – the pilot.
Source: BBC Technology
Date: February 7th, 2022
- What sort of business could you build around this technology? (think beyond just using the drone….drone mechanics, logistics of using drones…)
- What are the MIS issues surrounding this technology?