A German entrepreneur, Hermann Ramke, has invented a James Bond-like jetpack powered by high-pressure water, called the JetLev-Flyer. Designer Ramke’s invention can power the rider to a height of 50 feet (15m), has a top speed of 30mph, and can travel almost 200 miles before it needs to be refuelled.
A floating pump powered by a 150 horsepower four-stroke engine sends water through a 140ft-long (43m) hose to a pair of nozzles mounted on the jet pack. The jet leaving the nozzles is sufficiently powerful to push the rider off the ground. The nozzles can then be angled to propel the pilot forward in “stable, controlled flight”. The website advertising the jetpack, which retails at around £160,000, claims the device offers “freedom, exhilaration, [and] adventure”.
It continues: T”he dream of personal flight is as old as mankind. In the 21st century the daring vision of Daedalus has finally come true.” The gadget took nine years to develop, including six years of “intensive testing and refinements” before a product was engineering which they felt could deliver on their premise.
The JetLev, which also seems to have drawn inspiration from Toy Story’s Buzz Lightyear, can accommodate pilots of over 6ft (up to 2m) in height from and 40kg (88lbs) 120kg (265lbs) in weight.
A digital fly-by-wire system is used to control the throttle. For special applications, future designs could achieve higher altitudes and top speeds, extended range and even travel below the water´s surface. The American manufacturers claim it is “amazingly easy to learn and operate”. All customers receive detailed instructions from a qualified personal trainer to learn the special procedures of takeoff, flying, turning, hovering and landing.
Only 128,000 dollars. Stay aloft for hours. I’d rent one!