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Hey Elon Musk, Hire This Guy in China Who Built His Own Amazing Jetpack Suit

byVictor Tangermann
10. 29. 20
Xinhua

Hear us out.

A Modest Proposal

A man from China named Liu Dongsheng has built a working jetpack suit — and he pulled it off in about two years, for just $100,000.

That gives us an idea. Elon Musk, how about you hire this guy? You could let him spin up the Tesla Jetpack Division.

The Specs

The jetpack, shown off in a video posted by state-owned China News Service, is reminiscent of the one built by UK-based Gravity Industries, with what appear to be a pair of jets affixed to the ends of each arms and a fuel tank strapped to the back.

According to China News Service, the jetpack can fly to an altitude of 200 meters and cover five to ten kilometers — but for safety reasons, Liu isn’t planning to go higher than three meters for safety reasons.

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Unsurprisingly, the inventor was reportedly inspired by “Iron Man.”

Iron Man Suit

Liu faces stiff competition in the jetpack market. Gravity Industries, founded in 2017 by “real-life Iron Man” Richard Browning, has developed a strikingly similar suit and has set several speed records over the last few years — though it’s almost certainly spent more than $100,000 in the process.

California-based Jetpack Aviation has also pioneered a jetpack suit, claiming to be “the first company to design and manufacture a true jetpack for personal flight,” according to a statement by CEO David Mayman.

READ MORE: Chinese man creates his own jetpack [ECNS]

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