Where's My Jetpack?

Where's My Jetpack?

Will humans really colonise Mars one day? Will I ever ride my own hoverboard like Marty McFly? How long will it be until we can book holidays in space? Where's my jetpack? Back in the 1980s, TV and films promised us everything from jetpacks to flying cars and holidays in space - so what happened to those Space Age dreams? Every week, join space journalist and author, Sarah Cruddas and broadcaster Luke Moore for Where's My Jetpack? Each episode, we look into a different piece of retrofuturistic technology that never was, to find out if these brilliant inventions are still just science fiction or, by looking in the right places, may be just around the corner. New episodes released every Thursday. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Episodes

April 28, 2022 36 mins

Sarah and Luke return for the final episode of the series, as we search for a home beyond Earth.


Life on other planets has been a staple of science fiction lore for decades, but overcoming the astronomical barriers involved might prevent it ever becoming science fact. So, what does the future of our species look like? 


Thanks to MIT's Ariel Ekblaw, space scientist Bill Borucki and New Horizons’ Dr. Alan Stern for joining...

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Today, we tackle the definitive science fiction question of our time: are we alone?


Sarah and Luke set out to discover who - or what - might be observing us from afar. We find that, while the chance of eventually meeting extraterrestrials is quite high, we've not yet found a way to surpass the unfathomable distances involved.


Joining us today are scientist and broadcast Seth Shostak and Bill Diamond, CEO of the SETI Institute...

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April 14, 2022 37 mins

It seems to be the doomed plot of every disaster movie in space, but it's so much more than that: today, we're off searching for the fuel of the future.


Sarah and Luke discover that space mining represents a real opportunity to not only improve but potentially even save life on Earth. Joining us on our search this week is former NASA astronaut Ed Lu and Dr Timi Aganaba, an expert in the politics of space.


Which inventions sho...

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April 7, 2022 40 mins

Decades of retrofuturustic dreaming, now Elon Musk and NASA: visiting Mars has always seemed just of our reach. But how far away is humans' first visit?


Sarah and Luke answer one of science's longstanding questions on today's episode, as we look into the financial and psychological cost of reaching the Red Planet. Decades of expertise is provided by Dr Andy Aldrin, Dr Tanya Harrison and Dr Robert Zubrin.


Which inventions...

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March 31, 2022 38 mins

Sometimes, scientific discovery can just be for the sheer fun of it. Other times, it may well define the future of our species: today's episode focuses on the latter.


Sarah and Luke look into why we've not developed rocket technology since the 1960s and reduced the cost of access to space, and how private individuals like Elon Musk are looking to fill the void. We're joined by Nicole Stott and Livingston Holder, two former astro...

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March 24, 2022 41 mins

Pack your bags and strap yourselves in. It's time to decide whether a trip into the cosmos remains science fiction or if it might one day become science prediction. 


Sarah and Luke look into the practicalities of hotels in orbit as space becomes increasingly accessible and wonder what cultural discoveries we might find. We're joined by Laura Forczyk and Dylan Taylor - two people at the heart of the private sector's launch i...

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March 17, 2022 40 mins

If previous generations could’ve had one single piece of retrofuturistic technology, it’d probably be the flying car. 


Luke and Sarah try to make those dreams a reality as we find that, for the first time this series, this engineering endeavour actually came before science fiction dreams. We’re joined by designers and engineers at the cutting edge of the industry: Aeromobil CEO Patrick Hessel, aviation expert Andrew Chadwic...

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March 10, 2022 40 mins

Someone get Marty McFly, because today's episode is right up his futuristic street!


Join Sarah and Luke as they search for an iconic piece of science fiction, the hoverboard. While the technology is already available in some unusual places, strapping it to your feet and flying off to the shops has proved to be a problem that’s a lot more difficult to solve!


Helping us on our quest this week are Prof. Keith Johnstone, writer D...

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March 3, 2022 40 mins

We're back with another episode of Where's My Jetpack, the podcast that straps a rocket to your retrofuturistic dreams and blasts them into orbit!


Today, Luke and Sarah find out that early scientific progress is never a guarantee of continued expansion, as we ask why humans haven't been back to the moon since 1972 and if we'll ever return. To help us find out we're joined by Dr Andy Aldrin, Director of the Aldrin Space Institute...

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February 24, 2022 37 mins

In our first episode of this brand new series, Sarah Cruddas and Luke Moore search for *the* iconic Space Age invention: the jetpack.


From unwieldy early iterations to modern imitations that still remain on the periphery of technological discovery, we're yet to see a jetpack that can be strapped on and flown to work. But, in 2022, is that about to change?


To help us work out if we'll see jetpacks in our near future, we're joi...

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Back in the 1980s, TV and films promised us everything from jetpacks to flying cars and holidays in space - so what happened to those Space Age dreams?


Join space journalist and author, Sarah Cruddas and broadcaster Luke Moore as we answer those questions on Where's My Jetpack? Each episode, we look into a different piece of retrofuturistic technology that never was, to find out if these brilliant inventions are still just scie...

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