For thousands of years, mankind has dreamed about flying. Those flying dreams eventually became a reality in 1903, but what about our childhood dreams about having personal jetpacks and becoming rocketeers?
In the 1960’s, a personal jetpack was developed by the army for soldiers to cross the mine fields in Vietnam. But commercialization efforts were halted as the jetpacks were powered by dangerous fuels, expensive to maintain, had a short flight duration, were too noisy, difficult to control, and came with a high risk of serious injuries and death.
But not to worry my friends, as the folks over at Jetlev Technologies, Inc. have something for all those aspiring rocketeers. Development started back in 2000, and after years of research and development, the Jetlev R200 is finally ready to be released to the public.
The Jetlev R200 is able to “fly” purely by the volume of water that comes out of the two hoses which are attached to the jet pack. The jet pack is able to shoot out ten times more water volume then a fire hydrant is capable of. The thrust-to-weight ratio of the jetpack is improved by placing the propulsion engine, fuel and related systems on a floating vessel that is tethered behind the jetpack. Unlike other jetpacks out there, the R200 uses water as the jet propulsion because the high density of water is able to carry huge amounts of power at a much lower velocity when compared to air.
Each unit will cost $99,500. For more technical details, check out Jetlev Technologies, Inc and enjoy the amazing video of the Jetlev R200 in action below.