Now, 007-style jetpack powered by water

February 17th, 2009 - 12:37 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Feb 17 (ANI): A James Bond-like jetpack powered by high-pressure water has been invented by a German entrepreneur.

Brainchild of Hermann Ramke, the JetLev-Flyers inspiration has been drawn from Toy Story’’s Buzz Lightyear.

The revolutionary piece of art 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, reports the Telegraph.

The nozzles can then be angled to propel the pilot forward in “stable, controlled flight”.

The website advertising the jetpack retails it at around 160,000pounds.

The site claims the device offers “freedom, exhilaration, [and] adventure”.

It continues: The dream of personal flight is as old as mankind. In the 21st century the daring vision of Daedalus has finally come true.”

The JetLev 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. (ANI)

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