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Amateurs are flying real-life jetpacks now, nbdThis is not a drill, people. JetPack Aviation trained a normal schmoe like us to fly a true jet-powered backpack.
[MUSIC] My name is Mischa Pollack and I'm an engineer and a youtuber, and I'm gonna fly a jetpack. [MUSIC] The jetpack. From the Rocketeer to Boba Fett. Zooming around in a backpack sized device is a dream many of us each share. You might recognize Jetpack Aviation's JB9. It's the jetpack company CEO David [UNKNOWN] was wearing when he flew around the Statue of Liberty back in 2015. Now the company thinks it's time for a civilian to take flight. We're here today because Misha Pollack, known blogger, won a contest as part of our StartEngine crowdfunding campaign that we're conduction to try to raise money to build and finalize our parachute safety systems. Misha won the contest, and he will be the first civilian pilot to strap on our JB10 jet pack and go for his initial flight today. The JB10 has actual turbines on each side of the pilot, making it a thrilling, powerful, and potentially hot experience for a new user. My number one strategy is to breath. I'd like to get in the C+ range. [MUSIC] You know if I am in the Bs I knocked it out of the park. My goal is to not just be dangling there, that is kinda my goal. I've been told it is very hot and you have to keep your feet together, that is something you learn over numerous flights so obviously I might not do that. After some demonstration flights by Jetpack aviation employees with many hours of flight training, it was Meesha's turn to suit up. I hope of course always for a. Safe operations, and that his speed don't get too high. And that he possibly manages, to just stay in one position. May be three or four feet off the ground. And come up on the power. Misha's flight was exactly what you might expect from a person using a jetpack for the first time, a little bit loose, a little unsure, and not too far off the ground. But the second time, he made some adjustments and completed an admirable pair of initial test flights. It was great. It was really wonderful. I'm happy I did it. The only negative thing is now I really want a Do it again. Yeah, I am going to give myself a B minus. Even though his feet got hot enough that he had to jump into a bucket of water. That exhaust gets pretty hot. You won't get any heat on your feet, if you are off the ground. The exhaust and gas just goes right past you. If you spend a lot of time on the ground, the exhaust and gas hits the ground, and goes sideways, in your boot So, that's why he jumped through the water. Overall, jetpacks still have a long way to go before mass adoption by the general public but more immediate uses include military and rescue application. The crowd fund jetpack aviation is currently running hopes to raise money for an intelligent parachute safety system and it's rug mount also include a future electric model I don't know of anything more miraculous than a jetpack, and it's amazing it's happening, it's also amazing it's taken us this long to get here. It's still really exciting to watch the jetpack evolve and if I ever get the chance, I'll definitely take to the skies. Just like all those heroes and villains we remember from our childhood. I was about eight years old and I was in the backseat of my dad's Packard, and on the radio was Buck Rogers. In this radio program, he and his girlfriend came out of their space ship and flew down to this planet in their jet packs. I really got to have one of those. For more jet pack news check out CNET.com. [BLANK_AUDIO]