Foot-mounted jet: ‘Gliding like a bird’ at a speed of 167 km / h

With jet engines mounted on the feet, people can fly at speeds up to 167 km / h. That has become reality. However, the following Flyboard Air device is only for people with nerves of steel and not afraid of heights.

The jet, called Flyboard Air, is produced by Zapata Racing Company (headed by Frank Zapata, 39, French), allowing us to fly in the air like in superhero movies. speeds up to 167km / h.

This device is attached to the foot and compact like a skateboard, but it is the result of years of hard research.

Flyboard Air uses a turbine engine, is composed of three parts: the body (with propulsion), the fuel tank (worn on the back like a backpack) and the handheld controller. Under the Flyboard Air body is a turbo engine with a capacity of 250 horsepower / engine. Inside is a logic board system that helps balance the device on the fly.

When posted on the Internet, the video above has attracted huge views. However, like all other groundbreaking inventions, there are also doubts. In the era of CGI graphics development of the film industry, it is understandable that there are suggestions that this performance of Mr. Zapata is just a scam or simply the top video editing method.

Previously, Zapata Racing was also the company that invented a thrilling device playing on the water called Flyboard, launched in 2016, using a jet engine to create water thrust thereby helping Flyboard have can fly up. The Guinness Book of Records recorded the device on April 30, 2016 with a record of being able to travel a distance of 2.2 km and fly at an altitude of 50m above sea level.

Zapata Racing intends to apply Flyboard Air technology in practice as the main means of transport in the military, even civilians in the future. Currently, the time of official launch and sale of Flyboard Air has not been announced by Zapata Racing.

SpaceX will send Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa to the Moon

On the evening of September 17, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced that Mr. Yusaku Maezawa, the Japanese billionaire and the founder of Zozotown, Japan’s largest online clothing retailer, will become the first individual customer. The first flying around the Moon on the giant rocket Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) is being built.

Mr. Yusaku Maezawa appeared in SpaceX’s information disclosure on September 17 (photo shoot / Youtube)

Mr. Maezawa anticipates that this important trip will take place in 2023, and he is looking for more artists to accompany him and participate in an art project called #dearMoon.

Maezawa, 42, is estimated to have worth $ 2.9 billion, according to Forbes. He is also a famous art collector, who spent $ 110.5 million on a 1982 painting called “Untitled” by artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

As an artist, he wants to invite other artists to join him on this “once in a lifetime” journey, he “covers” on the BFR and is looking for suitable people to accompany him, free of charge. , 1 week from Earth going around the Moon.

“I want to invite six to eight artists from around the world to accompany me on the journey to the Moon,” he said. “These artists will create something after returning to Earth, and those masterpieces will inspire our inner dreamer.”

He said it has not yet decided who to invite specifically, but they will cover many areas: artists, musicians, directors …

Mr. Musk said that Maezawa was actually the one who initiated the idea, and went to SpaceX to ask questions. The billionaire refused to disclose the amount spent, but the artists he invited would not have to pay for the trip.

Mr. Musk revealed that Maezawa’s deposit was quite large, “having a great impact on the cost of developing the BFR rocket.” He also estimated the development cost for the BFR to be about $ 5 billion.

This is not the first time SpaceX has announced plans to send passengers to the Moon. In early 2017, Musk said that two individuals had “deposited large sums of money” to fly around the Moon on SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket – a larger version of the highly reusable Falcon 9 rocket. times. There is no information on who is the passenger, but Mr. Musk said that “not of Hollywood.” As planned, the flight will take place by the end of 2018.

However, SpaceX decided to cancel the mission on Falcon Heavy. On the first launch of Falcon Heavy, Musk said that the airline had decided to take passengers on BFR.

BFR is a giant reusable rocket of the size that SpaceX is developing to send people to the Moon or Mars.

Thus, it is possible that Mr. Maezawa is one of the two passengers registered with Falcon Heavy. There has been no news of the remaining passengers.

Despite these new information, the truth is that SpaceX has never been able to bring commercial passengers to space. This company is only developing that technology. Currently on NASA’s commercial program, SpaceX provides Dragon’s cargo compartment to bring the crew to and from the ISS International Space Station. The current plan is to test the Crew Dragon for the first time in November, with no passengers. The company then hopes to be able to launch a ship with 2 passengers in April 2019.

Anyway, Mr. Maezawa will be the first private astronaut to go to the Moon, if no other airline surpasses SpaceX during that time. “Only 24 people have ever been to the Moon in history. Nobody has been there since the Apollo mission in 1972, ”SpaceX said on Twitter.

At least one thing is clear: The BFR rocket is far from ready to send a man to the moon. SpaceX recently leased a plot of land near the Port of Los Angeles to assemble a giant new rocket. When it launches, we still have to wait and see.