George Downs

Episode 27

I Flew a 1,000 Horsepower Jetpack. Here’s What I Learned.

Until now, jetpacks have only really been used for stunt displays.

By Wall Street Journal

A small team of mountain paramedics are testing whether jetpacks could accelerate how quickly they are able to attend to stranded hikers. WSJ’s George Downs takes a short flight on the jetpack himself to find out how the technology could be applied. Illustration: George Downs

George Downs

George Downs explores the evolution of transportation, from electric vehicles to commercial aviation and the future of spaceflight.

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    Why Your EV Battery Might Soon Be Used to Power Your House

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