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Water-powered jetpack flying machine

Tech | | November 21, 2012, 5:34 pm
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Operators of the Jetpack can learn to take off, fly, turn, hover and land in a matter of minutes.

Operators of the Jetpack can learn to take off, fly, turn, hover and land in a matter of minutes.

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Jetlev Southwest President Dean O'Malley flies using a JetLev, a water-powered jetpack flying machine in the Newport Beach harbor in Newport Beach, California.

Jetlev Southwest President Dean O'Malley flies using a JetLev, a water-powered jetpack flying machine in the Newport Beach harbor in Newport Beach, California.

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Flying over deep open water is possible with the assurance. The Jetlev is said to be one of the safest power sports ever invented.

Flying over deep open water is possible with the assurance. The Jetlev is said to be one of the safest power sports ever invented.

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The Jetlev concept was developed in 2001 by Raymond Li, from St. John's, Newfoundland. Beginning in 2003, he and Jetlev Development Corporation in Newfoundland, Canada conducted extensive feasibility studies and concept development.

The Jetlev concept was developed in 2001 by Raymond Li, from St. John's, Newfoundland. Beginning in 2003, he and Jetlev Development Corporation in Newfoundland, Canada conducted extensive feasibility studies and concept development.

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In January 2005, the first unmanned thrust tests of the jetpack prototype were conducted, followed by the first manned flight test in Floridain March 2005.

In January 2005, the first unmanned thrust tests of the jetpack prototype were conducted, followed by the first manned flight test in Floridain March 2005.

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Numerous prototype iterations, over 30 test pilots, hundreds of test flights and test hours, and countless revisions later, Jetlev Technologies, finally completed development of its Jetlev.

Numerous prototype iterations, over 30 test pilots, hundreds of test flights and test hours, and countless revisions later, Jetlev Technologies, finally completed development of its Jetlev.

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Johnnie Faye Carthwright, 20, a flight instructor assistant, demonstrates flying using a JetLev, a water-powered Jetpack flying machine in the Newport Beach harbor

Johnnie Faye Carthwright, 20, a flight instructor assistant, demonstrates flying using a JetLev, a water-powered Jetpack flying machine in the Newport Beach harbor

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According to the company, no other flying device even comes close to the Jetlev R200's stability, agility and ease of use.

According to the company, no other flying device even comes close to the Jetlev R200's stability, agility and ease of use.

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It is priced at $99,500.

It is priced at $99,500.

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Here is a flying machine dubbed the JetLev, a water-powered flying jetpack.

Here is a flying machine dubbed the JetLev, a water-powered flying jetpack.