Two Engineers Create an Underwater Jetpack to 'Fly Through Water'

Thursday, 21 September 2017 - 7:41PM
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Thursday, 21 September 2017 - 7:41PM
Two Engineers Create an Underwater Jetpack to 'Fly Through Water'
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Sometimes, great discoveries don't take lots of research, experimentation, and effort. Gluing together a few commonplace (or not so commonplace) pieces of equipment can occasionally create a new technological wonders. This free and easy approach to engineering is certainly at play with the two engineers who make up the YouTube channel Eclectical Engineering.

In a video citing the fictional genius billionaire playboy philanthropist Tony Stark as an inspiration, Ryan Kung and David Shulman explain their desire to make a version of Iron Man's jet propulsion system for themselves. Except, their jets will be used underwater, because that's much easier (and safer) than designing and testing a jet suit that can actually fly.

So what does it take to build your very own underwater flight suit? The pair didn't need to develop any wholly original tech - they simply ordered some electric motors and propellers online, then waterproofed them, and strapped them to their arms and legs. Check it out below:



The result is a jet suit that certainly lives up to its intended use - the pair showcase the impressive speeds that they manage to obtain underwater using the suit. Sure, this level of innovation is hardly in the same league as Tony Stark, but you have to give them credit for trying. Science is, after all, reliant on experimentation and exploration, so if they set out with a desire to create something fun with the resources they had, mission accomplished.

There are a lot of very similar jet-powered suits currently in development from various other sources, many of whom have lofty goals. Eclectical Engineering's suit is very reminiscent of a similar jet powered flight suit used recently by extreme sports enthusiast Jarno Cordia - the difference being that Cordia's suit is for use in the skies, alongside a wingsuit, rather than in a swimming pool.

As far as water jets go, there exists a prototype jet pack that's powered by water, which is designed for fire fighters in order to reach perilous situations while simultaneously battling with smoky flames. Kung and Shulman's creation is in good company, as plenty of similar research and experimentation is being done around the world in other places, looking at how jets can be strapped to the human body in order to augment our natural abilities.

While its practical applications may be limited, the jet suit may well have potential as a novelty water pastime, perfect for weak swimmers to enjoy the fun of snorkeling or scuba diving without having to work too hard to remain afloat. For anyone who's ever dreamed of jetting through the ocean like a mermaid or a Michael Phelps, this suit has a definite appeal.

Sure, the two folks at Eclectical Engineering aren't exactly Tony Stark, and this is probably closer to Black Manta anyways. But if Iron Man were real and got a look at their invention, he'd probably be fairly impressed.
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