It has been the philosophy of Thunderbolt Aerosystems to shy away from the temptation of re-inventing the wheel, since progress is the forward or onward movement of an idea, objective or goal.
Sometimes original designs are handicapped by the lack of funding, initiative or creativity leaving more room for improvement. When Bell Aerosystems designed the first rocketbelt, they were motivated by proving it could be done at all, and the driving force pressing their schedule was the need to meet an army contract to the letter. For this reason, Wendell Moore and Bell Aerosystems’ engineering team, left out many enhancements to the rocketbelt design, almost on purpose.
When Nino Amarena set out to design his ThunderPack, he did not want to merely carbon copy Bell’s rocketbelt. He contacted all the living members of Moore’s team and they reminisced bringing up unfulfilled dreams and ideas, which Amarena then took into consideration
As a result of this, almost everyone whom had any contact with the original rocketbelt design, wanted to make their contribution to Thunderbolt Aerosystems goals, and this resulted not only on outstanding work produced by the scientific team that later formalized, but many forgotten, secret or untried wheels suddenly began to appear, proving that old engineers don’t just fade away, but they get seasoned and savvier with age.
It has been an honor for Thunderbolt Aerosystems to have within its ranks, technical personalities and experts that were witness to the nascent space race, to aviation technology in general and to all those whom contributed not only to our nation advancement but to the bettering of humanity. It gives us great honor to list their brief biographical background and involvement with Thunderbolt Aerosystems in this link.