Ever since I was a small boy, I was always fascinated with new technology. Whether or not that came in the form of a Commodore 64 home computer or a Sony Walkman, no matter what new and fun gadget came on the market, I wanted to have a play with it. Times may have changed somewhat, but inside, I’m still a kid that wants to try out that new tech! So when Doug Foden, an experienced windsurfer and snowboarder, took to the Chasewater Lake in Staffordshire last week, to test a hand-held electric jet engine device, I naturally wanted to find out what it was all about.
Dr Contoret added that one of the device’s major benefits is that the air coming out of it is cold, and that it can handle impact with water – but he is working on a fully-waterproof version.
The JET ENGINE ELECTRIC THRUSTER Specs are as follows:
Energy: Converts 30kw electrical energy into a combination of heat and thrust
Efficiency: 78 per cent energy efficiency, compared to 15% in a normal jet engine
Engines: Four with 10hpw, each turning at 30,000rpm
Top speed: 50mph, with 200mph exit wind velocity
Battery life: Ten minutes
Dr Contoret’s goal is to perfect the device, make it fully waterproof and to see it used by a team of athletes in competitive events. According to Dr Contoret, the Jet Engine Electric Thruster is expected to retail from between £3,000 to £6,000.
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