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Water-propelled jetpack: could this be the one?

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February 2, 2009

The water-propelled jetpack takes flight

The water-propelled jetpack takes flight

February 2, 2009 We're nearly 10 years into the new millennium, and the stark reality facing science fiction fans is that we STILL don't have an affordable jetpack. Promising technologies like this ion-propelled, remotely-powered unit seem to pop up from time to time, but nothing materializes on the market. The guys at JetPack International have built a beauty of a machine that does exactly what you'd hope - but at US$200,000 it's still way out of reach for most people.

This one might not be, though. It's propelled by super-fast jets of water pumped up through a tube that connects the jetpack to an engine that sits under the surface of a body of water. By tethering the flyer to the ground, this device is able to vastly reduce the weight of the flying apparatus by leaving all the heavy fuel and engine components behind, and since you're flying around above the surface of the water, you've got a much softer landing if you fall. Most importantly, the device looks like exactly as much fun as you'd hope, and because there's nothing too complicated to it, we can't see it costing much more than a jet-ski if it goes into production. Excellent!

We don't have any details on who's building this unit, its specs or any expected push to market. But we do know it'll be a massive hit when it breaks. Check out the video below!


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About the Author
Loz Blain Loz has been one of Gizmag's most versatile contributors since 2007. Joining the team as a motorcycle specialist, he has since covered everything from medical and military technology to aeronautics, music gear and historical artefacts. Since 2010 he's branched out into photography, video and audio production, and he remains the only Gizmag contributor willing to put his name to a sex toy review. A singer by night, he's often on the road with his a cappella band Suade.   All articles by Loz Blain
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3 Comments

The website claims they are taking orders, but no price is given.

Lets hope it's the real deal.

jooster
4th February, 2009 @ 10:38 am PST

It looks like alot of fun. I would love to be the first on the lake with one of these.

Craig Mclaughlin
4th May, 2009 @ 09:24 am PDT

Looks like fun - I wonder how long they tried the hose before settling on about 10 meters!

Lawrence Klein
9th May, 2011 @ 10:57 am PDT
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