Man has always pursued the aptitude to fly. Whether it is by airplane, helicopter, hot air balloon or even skydiving, flying is an ability that will always be a thrill to those who pursue it. And now there is another option for those adventure seekers – a water powered jet pack for $99,500.
The Jetlev was created by Canadian inventor Raymond Li, New Scientist reported. The jet pack, developed over the last ten years, allows its wearer to be propelled by water up to 30 ft and as fast as 22 mph.
Popular Science explained how the Jetlev works: A fiberglass backpack that is extremely lightweight sucks up water through a hose and sends it to the engine, which then propels the person in the air. By separating the engine and the backpack, Li was able to get the participant to be boosted even further. The "pilot" of the jetpack also has controls that they can utilize to manipulate how much thrust they get and the direction that they want to go. The power is like what a firefighter feels when he is pointing a water jet.
Li told New Scientist, "No one had done anything like it before. Almost everyone thought I was crazy. It was hard to get quotations for prototype fabrication, raising capital, finding development partners and suitable venues to do the testing."
The Jetlev isn't just for recreational use either. Sure, it is expected that resorts will be scrambling for one and a few wealthy people will want to add another toy to their collection, but Li expects that the Jetlev will also be used for search and rescue, structural repair inspections that are located in the water and even lifesaving situations.
If you are inclined and feel the need to get yourself a Jetlev, the website asks that you fill out an opportunities form . It will be available for purchase this March.