This was the motivation behind the Maverick. Saint and his associates wanted to create an air vehicle that could take off from tight spaces and that didn't need a landing strip or runway in order to be airborne. They saw several uses for such a vehicle in transporting goods and supplies into very remote locations, and how medical missionaries could use the car to transport patients from the jungle to a hospital. Just really cool stuff. And when you think that these guys are coming up with this stuff for the purpose of expanding the work of the gospel, it just becomes all the more cool.
I just read today, however that Steve Saint was badly injured last week in an accident, testing some new technology developed by his company. Again, this was technology that would be used in the mission field. The information about just what kind of technology he was testing is a little vague, but the result is that he has almost completely lost the use of his arms and legs, and that there is swelling on his spinal cord, which, at the time of this posting, he is undergoing surgery to relieve.
He just released this video (see below) yesterday about his accident and the treatment he's going through, and how this experience has