Futuristic fun: Smithsonian to fly drones
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It’s a science fiction fan’s fantasy: drones, jet packs and “Star Trek” stars are poised to descend on Washington, D.C., as part of a futuristic festival.

Smithsonian Magazine obtained clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly a jet pack and present a live drone flight as part of its "2014 The Future is Here Festival" in Washington from May 16 to 18.


The clearance was needed for the demonstration of the hydrogen and nitrogen-powered jetpack in downtown Washington’s Woodrow Wilson Plaza because of the location’s close proximity to the White House. As a stipulation of the FAA clearance, ITK hears that the jet pack must stay below a certain height or risk being shot down. No pressure or anything.

Smithsonian’s Editor-in-Chief Michael Caruso said in a news release, “For years now, science fiction fans have been asking, ‘Where's my jet pack?’… We can't promise a jet pack to everybody who comes, but at least you can see whether you really want one.”

The fest will also feature a live drone flight inside the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

“Star Trek’s” George Takei will be on-hand for the sci-fi festivities and Sir Patrick Stewart will lead a Q&A session following an advanced screening of his new movie, “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”