Gentlemen, we are all one step closer to being the Rocketeer. This past week, a fellow by the name of Yves “Jetman” Rossy successfully completed an 11-minute jetpack-powered flight across Rio de Janeiro, and Popular Mechanics has the video evidence to prove it.
Start planning your future morning commute accordingly.
We’ve been jetpack aficionados since The Rocketeer, but for the most part, science has not obliged us. Great minds have been pushing against the idea since the ’60s, but the dream of a backpack-powered commute has yet to be realized.
But as of this week, we’ve got the next best thing: a jetpack racing a car.
It took place on 400 meters of the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, against a Renault Mégane RS. The pack in question only has 30 seconds of fuel, so it had to be a short race—but it’s still one of the coolest things we’ve seen all year.