For Sale: Rocket Belts.

Rocket belts are finally here, thanks to Mexican company Tecnologia Aeroespacial Mexicana (TAM). Yours for a mere $250,000 (yes, there is a weight restriction).

Link - via Popular Mechanics, Thanks Laurel Donaldson!


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I am impressed how racist americans can be.

Look at MIT and others research centers. Indians, Brasilians, Chinese, Japanese, Greeks, but few Americans working there.

Brasil has the best ever technology on finding and extracting petroil. Indias got their own digital cinema technology. Why can´t Mexico build something like that?

You really think you are the center of the world, don´t you? Obviusly You don´t know nothing about Mexico and other "undeveloped" countries...
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Nope, I am not driving a Ford made in Mexico. But even if I were, there is a big difference between something that leaves you on the side of the road when it fails and something that leaves in a crumpled pile ON the road when it falls. There isn't a lot of room for error with gizmos like these.

Additionally, keep in mind the Fords (and other marques as well) are not *engineered* in Mexico, only assembled after many years of prior assembly in the First World. It's sometimes done there now on especially cost-sensitive models (read "cheap") because the labor costs are very low. The technology is pretty established and the catastrophic failure modes are few. So what if a mirror falls off or a piece of trim rattles...

When Mexico learns to engineer (and then build) its own motorcycles, cars, airplanes, and helicopters first, then we can consider them as a viable source for rocket pack expertise. There's a little catch up needed for them to prove themselves.

Straight talk from Sid.
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