The Flight Pack

Mag-Lev Flight Packs (from Mad Science Institute and The Non-Zombie Apocalypse)

Mag-Lev Flight Packs (from Mad Science Institute and The Non-Zombie Apocalypse)

After I sketched Rusty the Robot, I still had the artistic bug in my system, so I tried to work it out by doodling one of the other most important inventions in Mad Science Institute: Angela’s flight pack.

Superconductors expel magnetic fields, which means they can levitate (this is how the bullet train in Japan remains nearly friction-free). Powered by a tiny antimatter reactor and controlled by the room-temperature superconductor called Teslanium, these flight packs can swoop and soar up to thirty feet off the ground (or higher if they have large quantities of metal beneath them), or they can lock in on a certain altitude for swift travel.

This was a challenge for me to draw because of the rounded corners, not to mention the human figure (I suck at drawing anything that actually exists), but it allowed me to work out what the controls would really be, and that became important to know for the short story “Sceince and Funerals” in the Three Weeks Before Doomsday collection.

About Sechin Tower

Sechin Tower is a teacher, game developer, and author of MAD SCIENCE INSTITUTE, a novel of creatures, calamities, and college matriculation. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
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