Human Flight On The Horizon? ‘GoFly’ Challenging Inventors To Find A Way
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Human Flight On The Horizon? ‘GoFly’ Challenging Inventors To Find A Way

August 14, 2019


FROM SHOWS LIKE THE JETSONS AND THEIR SPACE FLYING CARS. WE KNOW DRIVING IN PHILADELPHIA CAN BE DICEY. TRAFFIC MAPS IN RED FOR MILES, THE SCHUYKILL EXPRESSWAY. BUT WHAT IF YOUR COMMUTE KICKED THE CAR TO THE CURB AND INVOLVED FLIGHT. A MILLION PRIZE IS ON THE TABLE FOR A CONTEST FUELED BY THE IMAGINATION. BOEING IS SPONSORING “GO FLY.” TO DEVELOP A PERSONAL, QUIET, ULTRA COMPACT, NEAR VERTICAL TAKE OFF AND LANDING FLYING MACHINE. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? PERSONAL FLIGHT. THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT A FLYING DEVICE MIGHT LOOK LIKE. INTENTIONALLY THERE’S NO IMAGE OR ICON. GO FLY HAS BEEN VERY CLEAR THAT WE DON’T KNOW WHAT THE SOLUTION IS. WE DON’T KNOW MEANS. WE DON’T KNOW THE POWER SOURCE. WE JUST HAVE A SET OF OBJECTIVES THAT THEY HAVE TO MEET. Reporter: WHATEVER IT IS, IT HAS TO BE QUIET. IT CAN’T EXCEED 8.35 FEET IN DIE A.M. TER. DIE SIGNERS ENVISION A JET-PACK-TYPE DEVICE. I THINK IT’S BEEN SAID THAT TECHNOLOGY IS INDISTINGUISHABLE FROM MAGIC. IF IT WERE EASY IT WOULDN’T BE WORTH THE CHALLENGE. Reporter: NICHOLAS IS FULL THROTTLE ABOUT THE IDEA. IT CAN BE DONE. WE’VE COME VERY FAR FROM THE WRIGHT BROTHERS NOW TO BOEING ACTUALLY HAVING THE 747. Reporter: THIS SOPHOMORE FROM LONG ISLAND IS INSPIRED BY SUPERHEROS. YOU KIND OF THINK WHAT WOULD I USE IN AN IMAGINARY WORLD. FOR ME IT’S MORE CREATIVITY RATHER THAN THE TECHNICAL STUFF RIGHT AWAY. Reporter: THE FOLKS WITH GO FLY HAVE NO INTENTION OF EVER MARKETING WHAT MAY COME IN THE CONTEST. THERE’S NO INTEREST OF BOEING IN THE DELIVERABLE. THE COMPETITION RUNS TWO YEARS WITH PRIZES AT VARIOUS LEVELS. FLORIO IS IN THE PROCESS OF ASSEMBLING A TEAM. DO YOU WANT TO FLY? I DO. I THINK IT’S COOL. ONE OF THOSE CHILDHOOD DREAMS, WHAT IF WE HAD A SUPER POWER, FLYING WOULD BE ON THE TOP OF THE LIST. BOEING HAS OFFERED A SUPPORT TEAM FOR THOSE PARTICIPATING. THE GRAND PRIZE WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN 2019.

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