Since you all don't know me, I'll just say that I don't like to be pessimistic and I strive to avoid unfair criticism and negativity (not just about MI but in general). As a shareholder, I obviously want MI to succeed. I do have to take MI to task for the following quote, which it posted 2 hours ago on it's twitter and facebook:
Long before Amazon was a twinkle in Jeff Bezos' eye, we were flying the Aerobot. The Aerobot was demonstrated under DARPA and Naval Research Lab (NRL) contracts and was required to lift 25 lbs. We doubled that payload - to 50 lbs. This picture - taken recently - was a demonstration of technology that we developed in 1990.
Unlike the unit touted by Amazon, the fan is completely shrouded to prevent damage if it collides with bird. The system was designed to operate in close proximity to people without fear of injury to operators or bystanders. The stability and control technology - including the failed engine recovery system pioneered in this Aerobot was the basis for the stability and control system on the Skycar.
It was designed to be flow off of ships, trucks, Humvees...or even from an Amazon shipping dock.
It's surprising how people are amazed at Amazon flying a 2 pound package. We were "been there, done that" with a 50 pound payload 23 years ago.
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Even assuming everything in the above is true (I can't say one way or the other), I can't see how MI has "won" any kind of bragging rights, especially over Amazon and Bezos. If MI truly developed such powerful technology so long ago, then - if anything - its failure to capitalize in any way on it is tantamount to a truly epic failure.