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The headline above might sound a bit far-fetched, right? The promise of soaring through the skies, whether by jetpack or any other means, is one we’ve all heard a lot about over the last few decades.

Jetpacks and (real) hoverboards aren’t quite here yet, and we haven’t quite got the hang of driverless cars yet, so telling you that the European Space Agency (ESA) is helping with work on a vehicle that combines the best of helicopters and planes, and that it’ll be ready for testing from next year sounds even more unlikely. But it’s true.

The Lilium is being developed in the ESA’s accelerator specifically to overcome the key problems with existing means of air travel – namely the massive amount of space required to get a plane off the ground, and the upkeep and safety of helicopters, explains Daniel Wiegand, CEO and one of Lilium’s founders.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: thenextweb.com

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