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Flying car has its first flight

The Jetsons come to life! I love when science fiction, and Saturday morning cartoons for that matter, inspire science and engineering.

Terrafugia has had the first successful flight, albeit for 33 seconds, of a flying car.

I kid you not. It’s the same concept as the approach shoe in rock climbing; the company said the goal of developing this car was to create a vehicle that could drive a passenger to the airport, take off, land, and then drive them to their destination.

Despite the trouble we all have driving on pre-determined grids in essentially only two dimensions, making three dimensions even more scary, this is a pretty cool development.

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Beth Kelley is a writer and researcher with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.

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