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French inventor crosses the English Channel on his hoverboard


Over the weekend, French inventor and former jet-ski champion Franky Zapata made historical past by crossing the English Channel – which is roughly 35 kilometers (22 miles) huge – on a hoverboard designed by his firm.

Claiming to have reached speeds of 177 kmph (110 mph) whereas airborne, the 40-year-old accomplished the journey in 22 minutes early Sunday morning, stopping halfway on a floating platform within the water to refuel his Zapata Flyboard.

It’s the Frenchman’s second try to cross the Channel along with his ‘private aviation system.’ On his first one on the finish of July, Zapata narrowly missed the refueling platform whereas descending, and fell into the water.

The inventor developed the FlyBoard Air again in 2016 and broke the world report for hoverboarding by flying a distance of two,252 m (7,388 ft) at a peak of 50 m.

The automobile consists of a platform with 5 turbine engines on board, in addition to boots which are mounted on prime for the pilot. Its gas is contained in a backpack that the rider should put on, and that’s solely good for roughly 10 minutes of flight. Take-off, thrust, and acceleration are managed with a handheld lever, whereas maneuvering requires the pilot to make use of their complete physique to steer.

The Guardian notes that Zapata isn’t completed growing the FlyBoard but: he hopes to boost its capabilities to permit for flying at better heights. As well as, he’s received plans for a flying automotive within the works.

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Printed August 5, 2019 — 05:57 UTC




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