Scuba diving is one of those hobbies that naturally entails a great deal of foreign travel, as you jet across the world looking to see new sites, make exciting discoveries, and have fresh and unusual experiences. When you’re thinking about where you want to go and what you want to do next, sorting out transport is a huge part of the process. You have to consider cost, time, accomodation, and luggage allowances, among other things, before you can actually get diving.
That is why the vast technological changes that are looming over the transport industry ought to be important to anyone who is into a hobby like scuba diving that entails a lot of foreign travel. The pace of technological advancement in recent years is enough to boggle the mind, and the way we travel, and the world around us, is changing to an unbelievable degree, forever. New ideas and quicker, cheaper methods will improve our ability to get where we want to go more conveniently and for a better price!
Given, then, the vital role transportation and the methods used play in all our lives, particularly in pursuit of our love of scuba diving, it is important to know how the way we travel is changing in the immediate,and far off future. So, to make sure you’re ready for the changes to come, and from new planes to hyperloop to jetpacks, transport is changing and here is a guide to the most exciting three changes coming our way!
3d printed planes
Whilst many of the coming transport innovations are a long way off, the 3d printing of plane parts is coming very soon. As the technology as advanced, its potential has begun to be realised, and so as soon as 2020, we could see 100,000 plane parts manufactured by 3d printers and similar methods. These components will be cheaper to make, lighter, and faster, thanks to the use of more aerodynamic and less cumbersome materials. That would mean that the planes which use them will travel quicker, use less fuel, and go further!
Whilst 3d printing plane parts may be a small and easy improvement to a traditional method of transport, it is not the most exciting change coming, with the most bold and radical being proposed by maverick billionaire Elon Musk. He has published blueprints for what he calls “Hyperloop One”, a network of tubes spanning the globe, with people travelling in pods at 700mph. If it gets off the ground, it could be operational as soon as 2020.
Jetpacks have long been the stuff of scientific fantasy, but Martin Aircraft Company have built what they claim is the world’s first ever practical jetpack. Some jetpacks already exist, but using jets of water – that doesn’t exactly make them useful for everyday travel. Martin Aircraft’s design, which is currently being tested and trialed, is powered by air. The company has said that if the product is safe and approved it will first be given to the emergency services for faster travel.