WELL ... never more so has this been true!
I was listening to QR77 on the radio last night, it was Rob Breakenridge's show The World Tonight. Rob was talking about ... yeah ... FLYING (freakin') CARS!
Here's a link to the show's blurb on the web about it.
How awesomely cool is that?
Here's a link to the website of Moller International, the company making the Skycar.
and a link, on their website to video of these cars (and other stuff, like interviews).
Some callers/Breakenridge had some very interesting comments on the radio program ... namely that they don't see this type of vehicle becoming accessible to the general public anytime soon, but that people trained properly would pilot others around (seeing as the whole FLIGHT thing is pretty complex, especially when variables like weather are factored in).
It's about as Jetsons as you can get.
Here's the June 28, 2007 press release from the Moller International website:
MOLLER INTERNATIONAL LAUNCHES PRODUCTION OF JETSONS-LIKE GROUND-EFFECT VEHICLE
Davis, CA, [June 28, 2007]--Moller International (OTCBB: MLER) has completed tooling and has begun producing parts for its Jetsons-like M200G volantor, a small airborne two passenger saucer-shaped vehicle that is designed to take-off and land vertically (see http://www.moller.com/).
The M200G is the size of a small automobile and is powered by eight of the Company’s Rotapower® rotary engines. This vehicle is intended for operation continuously in “ground effect” up to approximately 10 feet altitude.
Dr. Moller calls the M200G, “the ultimate off-road vehicle” able to travel over any surface. “It’s not a hovercraft, although its operation is just as easy. You can speed over rocks, swampland, fences, or log infested waterways with ease because you’re not limited by the surface. The electronics keep the craft stabilized at no more than 10 feet altitude, which places the craft within ground effect where extra lift is obtained from operating near the ground. This lets you glide over terrain at 50 mph that would stop most other vehicles” he continued. While the Company does not foresee the requirement for significant training or licensing to operate the vehicle, it is prepared to offer demonstration sessions in Davis, California once the vehicle is ready for market.
Production on the initial six airframes started earlier this week using hard-tooled molds with the capability of producing one fuselage per day.
Depending upon engine production volume the M200G price could start as low as $90,000. The key component in determining the M200G production price is the cost of its Rotapower® engines. The Company is working with a strategic partner to produce this engine for a number of different applications in order to obtain the cost benefits of high volume production.
Persons interested in purchasing a M200G volantor may reserve a delivery position by making a refundable escrowed deposit.
For more details please contact Mr. Bruce Calkins, email: firstname.lastname@example.org , Voice: (530) 756-5086 ext. 33, Fax: (530) 756-5179
Safe Harbor Statement:
Except for historic information contained in this release, the statements in this news release are forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause a company's actual results in the future to differ materially from forecasted results. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, the company's ability to attract qualified management, raise sufficient capital to execute its business plan, and effectively compete against similar companies.
Skycar® and Rotapower® are registered trademarks of Moller International, Inc. in the US and other countries.
Oh yeah, and we won our soccer game last night (woo hoo). In the league that I play in, there must be two girls on the field. When we were just starting to get going, there were only two girls there period, myself being one of them. Yikes, I thought, this is going to be a long game. Luckily, two more showed up, so it was a nice pace. I got lots of play time, but got to drag my butt off the field when my lungs were trying to collapse on themselves.