Testing at the end of February in our Ko Samui testing center. Final series frames and floatation, Arms and nozzles are production series, high temp powdercoated over hard anodized. The angles are good now, arms relaxed in the correct position. New harness system works like a charm.
We decided to pursue a more specific solution to the modification or ReCap of the jet ski system, something with a more distinctive personality. The nature of a riderless powerplant evoked drones and drone aircraft. Galactica Cylon or Predator type with a forward radar bulge that actually fit in well with the water channeling requirements and air intake protection in rough water. Shape of the front more rounded in case of contact with the beginner pilot while waiting in the water.
After spending considerable energy in the planning of a full production setup for powerplants We realized that the 100K power unit was not going to fly. In addition to the huge impracticalities of shipping such large untis around the world, the complexities of the units were simply duplicating all of the efforts that had gone into the original donor jet skis. Better to use Bombardier or Yamaha’s hundreds of millions of R&D and piggyback off it. Thus was born the ReCap project. Recapping involves taking the top off a high output jet ski and modifying the electronics and converting the hull into a strictly high powered, towable, water pump. With the ability to build it locally and service it world-wide. This would be the thing that could really grow the sport.
When we first saw Ray Li’s Jetlev on YouTube in 2009, it hit like a lightning bolt. We wanted to try this so bad. Finally we could fly without the constant presence of crashing into hard ground, without rocket fuel, without the noise. But the cost was 135,000 dollars, the cost of a small plane. And it looked like it was far away from coming to the market. We had to try, there it was, working right in front of us, shaky but functioning. We had to try to build one. We started sketching and researching all the history of rocket belts, patents, theories, old movies. Slowly we built up a plan for what our “newer, better” jetpack had to be. Here is where it all started in 2009. The early concept sketches.