To heck with Segway: NASA personal flying suit goes 149 mph on 60 HP

NASA has announced that it is working on a personal flying suit that can cruise at 149 miles per hour.

NASA has announced that it is working on a personal flying suit that can cruise at 149 miles per hour.

It's called “Puffin,” and the conceptual project is part one-man stealth plane, part personal jet pack in that it uses a 60 horsepower electric engine to carry a person to nearly 30,000 ft.

The Puffin promises — on paper at least — a self-contained design with proper “cockpit” and helicopter-style blades in a body that's 12 feet in length and just 300 lbs., empty.

Want to know more and see a video? Head over to SmartPlanet's Smart Takes blog for the scoop.