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In the video above, Zapata soars up to 30 meters (100 feet) from the ground at speeds of up to 55 kilometers per hour (34 miles per hour). He claims that his hoverboard, codenamed Flyboard Air, can fly higher than 3 kilometers (roughly 10,000 feet), for 10 minutes, moving at speeds of 150 kilometers per hour (93 miles per hour). Details of how the hoverboard works are currently few and far between, but it appears to be powered by a single jet turbine engine and a backpack of fuel. This all seems somewhat unrealistic, and there's a chance that this could very well be the case. Until more concrete evidence surfaces, the device's capabilities should perhaps be taken with a pinch of salt. It's not actually clear how Zapata is even piloting the hoverboard apart from leaning in the desired direction of travel, somewhat like a futuristic Segway. If the claims are true, however, flying at that altitude and that speed is both impressive and the very epitome of insane. From the video, it’s very clearly that one small mistake, one wrong step, would cause the pilot to fall off, culminating in a rather unfortunate reunion with the ground. Engine failure might not be fatal to the passenger if a parachute is kept on board, but here’s the catch: They’d have to already be flying high enough, several hundred meters up, to allow the parachute to actually work. All in all, if the hoverboard is real, it's certainly incredibly dangerous.
From the video, it’s very clearly that one small mistake, one wrong step, would cause the pilot to fall off, culminating in a rather unfortunate reunion with the ground.
originally posted by: SirKonstantin
What are your thought ATSers on the future & practicality of this invention?