Real-Life Green Goblin Flies Hoverboard Across English Channel at Over 100 mph

French inventor Franky Zapata successfully flew across the English Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard.

Zapata develops hydroelectric jet technologies and products.

This version used five small jet engines and Zapata carried kerosene in a backpack. It has 1500 horsepower. The 22-mile crossing took 20 minutes and reached speeds of over 100 mph. The flyboard costs about $250,000.

Flyboards and Jet Suits are bringing fictional superhero capabilities in to real-life. However, they only can last for 10-40 minutes.

Jet suits with wings could increase efficiency to enable one-hour flights.

They are not practical for most military purposes. However, there seems like there will be an extreme sports market and extreme racing competitions with both flyboards and jet suits.

Flyboards Compete With Flying Jet Suits from Gravity

Jet Suits have been made and combined with 3D printed Titanium. These are the closest to a real-life iron man or Titanium Man from the comics.

10 thoughts on “Real-Life Green Goblin Flies Hoverboard Across English Channel at Over 100 mph”

  1. LENR generators are developed just now.
    Parkonov just published a paper (in russian) explaining his experiment that run for 250 days.
    Apparently, the informations about HOW prepare the fuel pellets were available 150 years ago, published by a British researcher.
    Not preparing the fuel in the right way and there is no reaction. And the process require at least a couple of week to be done properly.
    Like trying to start a fire with wet wood.

  2. “… well, it sure isn’t what we’ll be commuting to work with, is it?”
    Probably never, but give it a couple of years, the concept will probably evolve quite rapidly.

  3. LOL – Nazis zipping across the channel as they blare “Ride of the Valkyries”.

    Seriously, all the Nazis needed to do was force the surrender at Dunkirk and then wipe out the RAF. Hitler got distracted in both cases. Had they controlled the skies, the Luftwaffe could keep the British navy away during the day as supplies were shipped across the channel.

  4. Well, tho’ I generally don’t like saying, “I told you so”, the numbers can’t sugar coat the obvious tûrd. DocPat frames it charitably. POWER. Doesn’t matter how you cut the physics, requiring 1,500 HP (or about 1,200 kilowatts!) of propulsive power for one brave fellow to jet across the English Channel, carrying 10 gallons of kerosene, … well, it sure isn’t what we’ll be commuting to work with, is it?

    That said — I also will admit I like it, a lot. I totally love brute-force solutions. Back calculate one’s own weight (say 80 kg), some safety ‘ocean ditch’ equipment (20 kg), 30 liters of JET-A (kerosene), a tank, plumbing, a bunch of appropriate micro-jet engines (another 75 kg), and you’re looking at 175 kg takeoff mass. So long as the jets can EASILY provide (175 × 9.81 = 1720) newtons of force, (divide by 5 = 350 newtons each), well … it IS going to lift the crazy man, and his junk. 

    Turns out, buying micro jets that output 350 newtons isn’t exactly rocket science. Lashing them to a controllable frame and so forth, moreso. But still, doable. 

    Excellent brute-force job. 

    Just saying,
    GoatGuy ✓

  5. ARC reactor, in fact, is one of the most promissing ones, although a little bigger than that on Stark’s chest. They have had quite a breakthrough in magneting strenght by employing a new superconductive tape. An alternative way is to go bigger (i.e. ITER).

  6. The Iron man movies were spot on about one thing: The fundamental critical breakthrough was inventing a tiny fusion reactor to produce the power needed. Everything else flows from there.

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